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Upper Willamette River Conservation and Recovery Plan

The Upper Willamette River Conservation and Recovery Plan for Chinook Salmon and Steelhead (Plan) describes the population status and recovery plans for Chinook salmon populations in the Clackamas, Molalla, North Santiam, South Santiam, Calapooia, McKenzie, and Middle Fork Willamette sub-basins, and steelhead populations in the Molalla, North Santiam, South Santiam, Calapooia sub-basins. The Plan addresses legal requirements for recovery planning under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) and under Oregon’s Native Fish Conservation Policy. Perhaps more importantly, in addition to meeting legal requirements, the Plan provides an informed, strategic approach to recovery that is based on science, supported by stakeholders, built on existing efforts, and includes new recovery actions. The Plan is linked to an adaptive management framework that will allow it to evolve over time with new information, including assessment of the recovery actions taken. Implementation of the Plan will require the contribution of Federal, State, and local governments, tribes, and many organizations, groups, and citizens.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission provided comments on the Plan at it’s Dec. 3, 2010 meeting in Portland and adopted the Plan at it’s August 5, 2011 meeting. Extensive stakeholder participation, scientific and public review, and plan revision occurred during development of the Upper Willamette River Plan.

Species/Units covered

  • Chinook salmon (Upper Willamette River ESU)
  • Steelhead (Upper Willamette River ESU)

Contact: Dave Jepsen, 541-757-5148, David.jepsen@oregonstate.edu

Final Documents for Upper Willamette Plan

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