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Rep. Peter DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Create Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary

Sep 23, 2016
Press Release
Area will permanently protect nearly 100,000 acres of federal forest service land and over 50 miles of streams that serve as prime spawning habitat for wild steelhead

Rep. Peter DeFazio today announced the introduction of the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Act of 2016, H.R. 6129, legislation that would designate nearly 100,000 acres in the Steamboat Creek Watershed in Umpqua National Forest for salmon preservation.

The Steamboat Creek watershed is consistently identified as one of the most important ecological areas in the Pacific Northwest. The watershed also serves as an important cold water refuge for migrating summer steelhead.

The land, which will be designated as a Special Management Area, is to be named in honor of Frank Moore, a local WWII veteran, avid fly fisherman and fish conservation advocate. A former proprietor of the Steamboat Inn on the North Umpqua River in Douglas County, Moore served on the State of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission from 1971 to 1974 and has been repeatedly recognized by organizations for his conservation efforts.

“There are no two people who have done more to protect and preserve the North Umpqua River and its extraordinary natural resources than Frank and his beloved wife Jeanne Moore” said Rep. DeFazio. “I can think of no more appropriate tribute to their efforts than to dedicate this incredible area to their legacy to remind us all of their life’s work safeguarding Oregon’s beautiful wild areas.”

“Pacific Rivers applauds Representative DeFazio for his support of the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary,” said John Kober, Executive Director of Pacific Rivers. “It is a rare opportunity to be able to honor a national hero while protecting one of the last truly wild rivers in Oregon and this proposal does just that. Frank Moore fought bravely in World War II and upon returning home, he and his wife, Jeanne, continued their lives of service by working to protect the North Umpqua and its tributaries. Safeguarding Steamboat Creek for wild steelhead through this legislation would be the perfect tribute to Frank’s service and a lasting gift to future generations.”

"The Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Special Management Area will provide protections to vitally important wild steelhead habitat in the Steamboat Creek watershed,” said Dean Finnerty, Southwestern Oregon Field Representative for Trout Unlimited.  “Steamboat Creek and its tributaries are a major tributary to the North Umpqua, one of the world’s most famous steelhead rivers.  We are delighted that Representative De Fazio has introduced a bill to protect this area for ours and future generations while honoring a truly special conservation hero and US veteran, Frank Moore."


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