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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Information and Education Division
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young (503) 872-5264 x5356
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us Fax: (503) 872-5700

For Immediate Release Thursday, August 7, 2003


ODFW Portland headquarters operates with limited staff
Friday, Aug. 15
Agency begins operations in Salem Monday, Aug. 18


PORTLAND - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Portland headquarters will have a limited number of staff members working Friday, Aug. 15, as the agency moves operations to a new Salem location. All other ODFW offices will be open for business, though some services, including the agency Web site, may be affected.


ODFW headquarters operations will resume at 8 a.m., Monday, Aug. 18, at the agency's new location at 3406 Cherry Avenue NE in north Salem. The new phone number is (503) 947-6000. ODFW asks for the public's patience while employees begin operations and unpack in the new location that first day. The agency is planning an open house 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 11, for members of the public, elected officials, media and staff from other state agencies.


The agency will be moving during a weekend to reduce the disruption to customers. However, to enhance movers' efficiency, most headquarters services will be shut down Aug. 15. There will be no license sales, regular telephone services, fax services or electronic mail services that day. In addition, ODFW's Web site and statewide electronic mail system will be shut down around 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, because the computer servers will be moved along with the files and furniture. E-mail and the Web site are scheduled to be reconnected Saturday, Aug. 16.


ODFW worked closely with the Salem building owner to locate and design the facility to most effectively meet the needs of ODFW customers, employees, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and people who meet with ODFW employees. The building is conveniently located just off the Salem Parkway and easily accessed from Interstate 5. ODFW staff members will greet visitors from the first floor welcome desk. Also on the first floor are the license sales counter, Human Resources Division, Commission hearing room, two meeting rooms and a deli. Parking is free.


ODFW is moving its headquarters operations from downtown Portland to north Salem as a result of Senate Bill 50, which was passed during the 2001 Legislative Session and signed into law by then-Gov. John Kitzhaber. Both the Legislature and Kitzhaber said Oregonians would be better served by locating ODFW's headquarters near other state agencies and the Capitol where communication between agencies, the Governor's Office and legislators is enhanced by close proximity.


All costs associated with the move are being financed by the sale of the agency's Portland headquarters.


Information about the agency's move to Salem is posted to the ODFW Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us.


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Information and Education Division
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 872-5264 ext 5528
 

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Information and Education Division
Contact: Clackamas - Kathy Shinn (503) 657-2000, Ext. 285, or Fax (503) 657-2050
Roseburg - Meghan Collins (541) 440-3353 or Fax (541) 673-0372
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us

For Immediate Release Thursday, August 7, 2003


Anglers and Other River Users May Notice Dead Fish
as Temperatures Soar


CLACKAMAS - Hot, dry summer weather can hinder Oregon's migrating fish by raising water temperatures and causing die-offs of salmon and steelhead in local rivers. The cycle is normal and this year is no exception, say Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists.


"We're seeing dead salmon along several portions of the Willamette River, but mostly near Oregon City," said Rick Boatner, ODFW fisheries biologist. "It's not unusual that we would have some natural mortality this time of year. Migrating adult salmon need cooler water temperatures. Water temperatures in the upper 60s and 70s will cause stress to salmon and steelhead."


Boatner noted that the Willamette River is now 76 degrees Fahrenheit, two degrees above the average high temperature for this time of year.


"Although this is a high temperature, it's a normal cycle," he said. "We've been studying pre-spawning mortality rates below Willamette Falls since 1972 and this is about the typical number of salmon that would die off from a record run of spring chinook. This year, we have passed about 87,000 spring chinook adults over Willamette Falls."


In southern Oregon, the Rogue River has seen fish die-offs in the past when summer temperatures flared and triggered outbreaks of columnaris disease in spring chinook salmon that were migrating upstream to spawn. Last year, for example, several hundred chinook died when the river reached 76 degrees Fahrenheit for more than a week.


Fortunately nothing on that scale has occurred this year on the Rogue, according to acting district fish biologist David Haight. Anglers reported only a small number of dead fish during the extremely hot weather at the end of July, he noted.


"The problem typically ends on the Rogue with mid-August water releases from Lost Creek Reservoir that help fall chinook migrating up the canyon," Haight said. "Fall rains and cooler temperatures also increase river flows and lower the water temperatures. Overall fish populations should not be adversely affected by what is a normal summer phenomenon."


Anglers and other water recreationists who spot dead fish should not be alarmed, but should call the nearest ODFW field office if they see large numbers of dead fish so that agency biologists can keep track of fish mortality levels.


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Information and Education Division
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 872-5264 ext 5528
 
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