Bill to honor WWII Veteran and steelhead advocates advances

Sportsmen and women stand behind protections for North Umpqua

Washington D.C. — The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee marked up a bill that would protect more than 100,000 acres of habitat important to North Umpqua steelhead in Oregon.

The Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Bill, S. 513, honors World War II Veteran, Frank Moore and his wife, Jeanne and their lifelong commitment to protecting wild steelhead populations on the famous North Umpqua.

“This bill has support from every corner,” said Dean Finnerty, organizer for southwest Oregon at Trout Unlimited. “We’re grateful to our delegation for being champions for a great river and two of its fiercest guardians. This is a place worth protecting. It’s importance to wild steelhead populations are well documented, not to mention it’s importance to the local economy, drawing in anglers from across the world.”

From here the bill will move to the Senate floor.

Oregon’s rural outdoor economy, and indeed, economies across the west, depend on protecting its natural resources. People from around the United States, even from around the world come to the North Umpqua River to test their angling skills.

This bill ensures that for generations to come, all our citizens will enjoy the privilege of wading the cool waters of the North Umpqua river and perhaps encounter the prized native steelhead that call this place home.

By Shauna Stephenson.