Same Bill New Name: Steelhead Sanctuary Bill Reintroduced

Same Bill New Name: Steelhead Sanctuary Bill Reintroduced

by Christafien Dixon 

What was originally named the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Act has been reintroduced by Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Peter DeFazio under a new name. To honor Frank Moore’s wife and her conservation contributions the bill was renamed the Frank and Jeannie Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Act. Over the past three years Pacific Rivers has worked to designate the North Umpqua’s Steamboat Creek Watershed as the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary. Just this week, it was introduced in the house and the senate.

People travel from all over to experience Steamboat Creek’s fishing opportunities, hiking and various other forms of recreation. The Outdoor Industry Association found that outdoor recreation in Oregon generates $12.8 billion in consumer spending, 141,000 jobs, $4 billion in wages and salaries and $955 million in state and local tax revenue. Passing the Frank and Jeannie Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Act would boost the local economy.

This reintroduced act, originally introduced in 2016, will protect 100,000 acres of public land for critical steelhead spawning, rearing habitat, and as a cold water refuge for adult steelhead during the hottest months of the year. Steamboat Creek, a tributary of the North Umpqua River in the Pacific Northwest covering fifty miles of this protected public land, also provides habitat for native fish, black bears, river otters, bald eagles, and many other species. Beyond conservation, the act honors a legendary veteran and his wife for lifetime of work to protect the watershed.

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Pacific Rivers is working with Congressman Peter DeFazio, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, conservation groups, veterans, and our local community to see that this important legislation is completed. According to Dan Courtney, Chairman of the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians, “This legislation honors a truly great man and his wife of over 70 years, Frank and Jeannie Moore are loved by so many people because of the way they love people, care for our rivers, and the land. We owe Frank and the men who fought alongside him our freedom. We hope this gesture will inspire future generations to see a purpose beyond themselves and provide a reminder of the good that can come from the selfless sacrifice one man can make.”

Now The Frank and Jeannie Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area Act awaits a hearing in both House and Senate Committees. Oregonians are urging Congress to pass this important measure and honor Frank and Jeannie’s lifelong commitment to conservation by protecting Steamboat Creek.

You can track the current status of the Senate Bill and the House Bill here:


 

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