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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Kathy Shinn (503) 657-2000 x285 or Robert Bradley (503) 842-2741
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us


For Immediate Release June 19, 2003


ODFW Seeks Public Comment on North Coast Fish Passage Waiver Proposal


TILLAMOOK- The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks public comment on a proposed Fish Passage Waiver Agreement between ODFW and Longview Fibre Company to waive fish passage requirements at four stream crossings. The stream crossings are located on small tributaries of Grassy Lake Creek, a tributary of the North Fork Nehalem River.


State law requires fish passage at artificial obstructions, but allows the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to waive requirements if proposed alternatives provide a net benefit to native migratory fish. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Oregon Department of Forestry and ODFW delegates the Commission's authority to ODFW field staff for certain activities related to the Oregon Forest Practices Act.


Longview Fibre is seeking a waiver for fish passage at the stream crossings because passage would provide little biological value to native fish. Habitat upstream of the crossings totals about 1,300 feet of lower quality habitat in the headwaters of these streams. Cutthroat trout are the only native migratory species found in these streams.


As mitigation for the proposed fish passage waiver, Longview Fibre proposes to improve fish passage at a road crossing on Roberson Creek, a tributary of God's Valley Creek in the North Fork Nehalem River system. The proposed culvert replacement would improve access for coho salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout to 2,500 feet of good aquatic habitat.


A copy of the proposed agreement is available for review, or may be obtained by written request, at ODFW's Tillamook office, 4907 Third St., Tillamook, OR 97141.


ODFW invites written public comments on the proposed agreement. Comments should be addressed to Robert Bradley, ODFW, 4907 Third St., Tillamook, OR 97141; or by e-mail at [email protected]. Comments must be received by 5 p.m., July 21, 2003.


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