ODFW fish traps placed in Lazy Creek last winter showed that hundreds of salmonids, including steelhead trout and coho and chinook salmon, use the creek as habitat.
Removal of the Lazy Creek dam gives fish access to 250 additional feet through a wooded, shady reach in Bear Creek Park. Springs and shade in the lower portion of the creek help keep stream flow relatively cool and clean in the summer, and the dense vegetation helps filter pollutants from the water.
The Medford Parks and Recreation Dept. will be working with conservation-based organizations to further enhance the creek by planting more native trees and shrubs along the streambanks to maintain cool, clean water and improve conditions for fish. The article omitted 2 important facts:
1. The Rogue Sportsmen and Guides Association also provided funding for the project.
2. The Bear Creek Watershed Council, especially Chairman Richard Best, moved this project to completion. Along with Jay Doino, ODFW, Richard applied for permits, obtained donations of funding and materials, hired the contractors, and directed the project. Without Richard and Jay, the project wouldn't have been completed this fall. — Craig Harper, Rogue Valley Council of Governments
I hope that Mark Rasmussen of Shady Cove will look beyond the tip of his fishing rod.
He is justifiably concerned about the loss of access on the Rogue River. But if he will have a look at BLM's Western Oregon Plan Revisions (WOPR) he stands to lose much more than access to his river: There may not by any fish left.
Under the preferred alternative in the plan, The BLM will clearcut 139,700 acres (over 200 square miles) of mature and old-growth forest while building 1,000 miles of logging roads per decade. This is a 700 percent increase in logging Oregon's last old-growth forests, primarily in the Rogue, Umpqua and Willamette River basins, as well as many of Oregon's coastal watersheds.
This huge increase in logging would come from opening up currently protected streamside forests and old-growth reserves to clearcutting, by reducing protections for salmon-bearing creeks and streams. If you fish, get involved! Public comment/input ends Nov. 10. — John Bullock, Ashland
Here are some facts I learned from the recent BLM presentation about the proposed WOPR (Western Oregon Plan Revisions):
Passage of the WOPR by Congress will triple the logging levels in western Oregon, all three alternatives proposed by BLM will mean significant extraction of old-growth trees, the 2.6 million acres under BLM jurisdiction in western Oregon will be converted to tree farms with "timber rotation," restrictions of the Northwest Forest Plan that Oregonians cherish will be removed, protections for wildlife and habitats will be removed, watersheds will be seriously compromised, off-highway vehicles will receive "emphasis areas" in our forests, undergrowth from clearcutting will increase fire danger, and we are going backwards rather than forward to sustainable forest management.
The best news I can glean is that none of the WOPR is necessary. Indeed, it is more likely to increase warming of our area, increase fire danger, degrade the environment and impoverish our area.
For further information and public information meetings about the WOPR contact KS Wild at www.kswild.org — Dorothea Hover-Kramer, Cave Junction