Last month, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agency partners released 30,000 spring Chinook salmon fry into Whychus Creek. About 15,000 of those fry were released at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve and another 2,500 were released at Rimrock Ranch. These releases are part of a remarkable effort to reestablish salmon and steelhead runs in Whychus Creek and other area streams.
The historic reintroduction of salmon and steelhead to the upper Deschutes basin has been the impetus for much habitat conservation and restoration. The Land Trust’s primary role in the reintroduction is to work with private landowners to protect important lands in the basin. We then work to restore these properties to improve fish and wildlife habitat. A prime example of this is the Land Trust’s multi-year restoration project on Whychus Creek at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, which now provides important spawning and rearing habitat and improved water quality for Whychus Creek.
We hope the newly released fry enjoy our protected lands and return one day to spawn in their home waters. Happy swimming, little fry!