SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting in Springfield on April 17 and 18, 2009.
The committee will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17 at the US Forest Service office at 3106 Pierce Parkway, Room 213. The meeting agenda includes a report on Upper Willamette fish district issues, a review of relevant legislative issues, and an update on the Puget Sound Partnership. The agenda and future meeting dates can be accessed at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/STEP/STAC.asp.
The meeting is open to the public, as is a tour of the Delta Ponds and Cedar Creek on Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. To join the tour, meet at the Eugene/Springfield Holiday Inn Express at 8:15 a.m. Members of the public must provide their own transportation.
The Oregon Legislature created STEP in 1981 to provide a way for volunteers to participate in the restoration of native stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout. Since then, thousands of volunteers have donated money, materials, equipment and countless hours of labor to improving Oregon fisheries.
The STEP Advisory Committee makes recommendations to ODFW and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on issues regarding its programs. The committee’s 13 members are appointed by the Governor and represent all areas of Oregon.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at (800) 720-6339 or (503) 947-6002 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
For more information about STEP, please call Debbi Farrell at (503) 947-6211.