The following is a letter from Arlen Thomason:
Esteemed citizen scientists,
I’m pleased to let you know that the long-rumored Trout Study wrap-up meeting is finally about to happen, surmounting a raft of logistical issues that led to the delay. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 10, 6-7 pm at Springfield City Hall (225 5th St.) in the Council Meeting Room near the Library.
Dave Thomas, Scott Kinney and I will have the written reports and go over the results for the 2013 sampling season. (Hint: they look very good.) As you know, the study was terminated at the end of last season prior to the planned 5th year of tagging that would have taken place this year. So in this meeting we will also be summarizing the entire study period, trying to put it all in perspective.
We think that this study has been an important success, from several points of view. First, the results confirm that when a management regime is implemented that optimizes conditions for native wild fish on a river like the McKenzie, the wild fish population responds and the quality of the fishery improves. Second, it has demonstrated that concerned citizens, working together with government fish and wildlife professionals, can generate high quality results and have a big impact on fishery management. We have been told that the scale, persistence and caliber of this study’s effort has set a new standard for ODFW-sponsored citizen science across the state. You, the volunteers, made that happen. It is the results of your dedication that we will discuss on June 10.
Hoping to see all of you at the meeting,