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    Monthly meeting of Tualatin Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. At Lucky Labrador, Multnomah Village, 7675 SW Capitol Hwy. Portland.
    Wednesday, Sept. 12,2018. 6:30PM social get-together, formal meeting at 7PM. Free and open to the public.

    Sept. 12, 2018

    Speaker: Kaitlin Lovell

    Topic: Salmon Sanctuaries in Portland

    Salmon and steelhead have been a vital part of the ecosystem in Portland for centuries. Salmon are an indicator of clean and healthy rivers, and help sustain nearly 150 species of fish and wildlife that depend on them. In the recent past, salmon were on the brink of extinction in Portland. Thanks to the work of Environmental Services and many partners, the salmon are returning to Portland’s rivers and streams.

    The City is declaring the best salmon habitats in Portland as Salmon Sanctuaries. These locations represent the future success of salmon in the city and demonstrate that is possible to create urban sanctuaries for these threatened species.

    A Salmon Sanctuary can be achieved when the certain criteria, developed by Environmental Services scientists, are met. For a Salmon Sanctuary, the local stewardship group will receive a one-time grant to invest in continuing restoration in the watershed.

    Since 2007, Kaitlin has managed the Science Integration Division for the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Sciences, which provides ecological, biological, and water quality technical assistance on watershed policy, projects, and planning efforts, including watershed monitoring and salmon recovery; and oversees the City’s efforts under the Endangered Species Act including permitting of all citywide activities. Kaitlin oversaw the efforts to restore Crystal Springs Creek for wild salmon, is the architect of the Salmon Sanctuary concept, currently a co-lead for the FEMA Biological Opinion implementation and is a co-author of the 2014 Climate Change Preparation Strategy and its companion, the Climate Change Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment. Prior to working at the City of Portland, Kaitlin was Salmon Policy Coordinator and Counsel for Trout Unlimited based in the Portland office.

  • #2
    This is getting busy down at Oaks Park...



    • #3
      Interesting. For those of us who can't attend, what are the criteria that need to be met for a salmon sanctuary?

      - JR


      • #4
        Hope to see you there.


        • #5
          JR, the criteria for salmon sanctuary:
          Salmon present, no barrier to ocean, limited invasive fish species, coldwater refuge, high water quality, limited stormwater runoff, abundant riparian cover, health stream banks, beavers present, active stewardship.


          • FinLuver
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            Just everything a fish would want or need... ;-)