Oregon’s North Umpqua River is one of the most important ecological areas in the Northwest, providing more than many miles of high-quality habitat for salmon, steelhead, trout and other native species.
And Steamboat Creek is the most productive steelhead tributary on the North Umpqua. It deserves protection as a steelhead sanctuary, and it is only fitting to also honor World War II veteran and conservation legend Frank Moore in doing so.
So, Pacific Rivers worked collaboratively with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) to introduce a bill in Congress to protect the 104,000-acre Steamboat Creek watershed as the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary. The bill is one piece of the larger puzzle to protect rivers and other waters in western Oregon’s forests. But it is an important piece.
Frank Moore is legendary — a legendary flyfisherman, conservationist, and World War II veteran, and a legendary husband, father, and friend. Anyone who meets him does not soon forget him. When he talks to you, you know you matter.
Frank’s wife, Jeanne Moore, also has that gift and is an ardent conservationist who has spent her life identifying the myriad native plant species in the Steamboat Creek watershed, and there is strong local support to honor her as well as Frank in this designation.
The Moores have given their lives to the North Umpqua, not only helping protect it, but also as owners and operators for many years of the Steamboat Inn. Frank and Jeanne built the Steamboat Inn.
Designating the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary is one piece of the larger puzzle to protect rivers and other waters in western Oregon’s forests. But it is an important piece.
Photo above: credit Pacific Rivers.
Flyfishing photo: credit Uncage the Soul Productions.