Weldon's legacy: salmon champion

Glenn Weldon, who was one of the founding members of Trout Unlimited's Middle Rogue Steelhead Chapter and a leader in salmon-conservation efforts in the Rogue River Basin, died Monday at his home in Grants Pass. He was 90.

Weldon was one of 11 founding members when the chapter formed under the Northwest Steelheaders Association in the 1970s, eventually becoming a Trout Unlimited chapter in the 1990s.

In 2001, Weldon was the recipient of the Winn Memorial Award for Sea-Run Fisheries, which is one of TU's highest honors, for all his work to improve and protect salmon and steelhead habitat in Southern Oregon.

Weldon's involvement with Oregon fisheries dates back to the 1970s and he served on many federal advisory committees and boards during the next 40 years. He helped spearhead several salmon and steelhead conservation projects over the decades in the middle Rogue and Illinois River basins.

"He was also highly involved in many of the original fish conservation projects carried out by the organization in its earlier days," TU chapter officer Mike Cooley says. "From a personal standpoint, I think he was one of the nicest people I ever knew, a real prince of a man."

A memorial service for Weldon will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 741 NW 4th St., Grants Pass.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold its annual leftover tag sale, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, to sell big-game hunting tags not filled during the recent controlled-hunt lottery.

Eleven elk hunts and one buck deer hunt make up this year's leftovers, which are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at point of sale licensing outlets statewide.

Most of the hunts are in Eastern Oregon and four are damage-control hunts either exclusively or primarily on private lands.

The closest hunts to Jackson County include one elk hunt in each of the Tioga, Klamath and Sprague wildlife management units.

To view the tag list, see ODFW's website at www.dfw.state.or.us.

The leftover tags can be bought in addition to general season or controlled-hunt tags and they can be bought for someone else.

However, they usually sell out within minutes, and hunters should be first or second in line at sales agents for a realistic chance to get one of these tags, says Michelle Dennehy, ODFW's Wildlife Division spokeswoman.

Giving kids tips to battle the so-called Nature Deficit Disorder is one of the highlights of the third annual Oregon Green Expo that hits Southern Oregon this weekend.

The expo, at the Jackson County Expo Park, will include an Explore Nature Center for kids that will be set up in a dome and offer ways for kids to put down the game controls and head outdoors.

Also at the expo will be the Klamath Outdoor Science School, along with displays such as a 21-foot, solar-powered boat built by Boulton Powerboats of White City.

The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 26. Entrance fee is $3, with kids 12 and younger free.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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