SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting in Grants Pass on January 23 and 24.
The committee will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, Jan.23 at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 243 NE Morgan Lane, Grants Pass, Ore. The meeting agenda includes a report on Upper Rogue fish district issues, an update on ODFW’s 25-year Angling Enhancement Plan and a review of grant proposals. 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 various projects in the Upper Rogue district on Saturday, January 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To join the tour, meet at La Quinta Inn 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 Tom Friesen at (503) 947-6232.