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Elwha River: Ten Years Later

In Washington by John McMillan

Washington’s Elwha River is celebrating an important anniversary today. It’s been ten years since the start of deconstruction of two dams in the Elwha that blocked salmon and steelhead from returning to the majority of habitat in this remarkable watershed.

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Uncharted Territory

In Columbia River, Snake River by Dean Finnerty1 Comment

The Northwest is experiencing the worst summer steelhead returns on record. Steelhead stocks from British Columbia to southern Oregon and as far inland as the Snake River basin are doing poorly. Sadly, we are likely to see greater variability in run sizes, with smaller peaks and deeper troughs.

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What Is a Stock-Recruit Model? And Why You Should Care

In Oregon by Sophia Kaelke

In the third installment of our five-part series on the Rogue-South Coast Plan, we look into how scientists and managers most commonly estimate if harvest is appropriate for a certain population and at what level. This is generally done with modeling, which is nothing more than taking all of the data that is available for a certain population and combining it with a little bit of math and a few assumptions.

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The Biology of Harvest

In Science Friday by Sophia Kaelke

In the first of our five-part series, Nick Chambers discusses why density dependence is important to fishery management and how density dependence is used to understand production potential of habitat and to develop escapement goals.

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For the First Time in My Life

In Oregon by Dean Finnerty

For the first time in my life, I won’t be skating flies over glassy tailouts for summer steelhead this year on my beloved North Umpqua River. That’s because the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed this legendary fishery until December due to extreme low flows and dangerously high water temps.

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Meet the Team: Sophia Kaelke

In Meet the team by Jonathan Stumpf

Meet Trout Unlimited’s Oregon Engagement Manager, Sophia Kaelke. Sophia focuses on outreach, organizing, and communications work and supports the Wild Steelhead Initiative in Oregon.