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Oregon releases plan to help Upper Willamette chinook and steelhead

SALEM, Ore. — The State of Oregon has released
a conservation plan for Upper Willamette chinook salmon and
steelhead, fish that have been protected under the Endangered
Species Act since 1999.

The plan calls for actions to restore natural production of
spring Chinook salmon and winter steelhead in the Willamette River
and its subbasins. In addition to habitat and hatchery
improvements, this includes substantive efforts to reintroduce
Chinook and steelhead into habitat above dams in the North and
South Santiam, McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette rivers.

According to Dave Jepsen, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
conservation plan specialist, credit for the plan goes to a number
of agencies, individuals and organizations.

“We developed this plan with the help of a very diverse group of
stakeholders, all of whom are passionate about restoring salmon and
steelhead populations,” he said. Stakeholders include government
agencies, watershed and environmental groups, native tribes and

Adopted today by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, the
plan will serve as a state conservation plan under ODFW’s Native
Fish Conservation Policy. Once it is approved by NOAA and posted in
the Federal Register, administrative steps that will occur later
this month, the plan will also serve as a federal recovery plan,
which is required for all species listed under ESA.

The plan lays out a roadmap for individuals and public and
private entities to improve conditions for these listed species.
The goal of all conservation and recovery plans is to bring about
naturally self-sustaining fish populations that no longer need
federal protection under the ESA.

According to Jepsen, the most important part of this plan will
be the implementation.

“Implementation will have to be about more than just a single
agency doing the right thing,” he said. “Putting this plan into
place will require the cooperation and volunteer efforts of
individual Oregonians, state, local, federal and tribal agencies
and private industry.”

The final plan will be available on-line at:


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