Celebrate the passage of the National Trails AND Wild and Scenic Rivers Acts with photos of the BLM river and trail segments included in the original
1968 legislation signed #OTD in 1968!
The Río Grande Wild and Scenic River, located within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, includes 74 miles of the river as it passes through the 800-foot deep Río Grande Gorge. The Río Grande Wild and Scenic River provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities, luring anglers, hikers, artists, and whitewater boating enthusiasts.
In addition, the Rogue Wild and Scenic River is located in southwestern Oregon and flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. Some of the wildlife that calls the Rogue home include black bear, river otter, black-tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, Chinook salmon, great blue heron, water ouzel, and Canada geese.
Featuring 30 miles of the world famous Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT), Sand to Snow National Monument in Southern California is a favorite for camping, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, and even skiing.
The 43-mile stretch of the PCT in southern Oregon includes countless scenic views and well-known recreation points: Mount Shasta; Pilot Rock, Hyatt Lake; Soda Mountain Wilderness; and the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, to name a few.
Join #mypubliclandsroadtrip Today at Headwaters Forest Reserve in California
Spectacular in its beauty, the Headwaters Forest Reserve is also a vital ally in conservation efforts to protect the most iconic forest species in the Pacific Northwest. Located 6 miles southeast of Eureka, California, these 7,542 acres of public lands feature magnificent stands of old-growth redwood trees that provide nesting habitat for the marbled murrelet (a small Pacific seabird) and the northern spotted owl. Both species are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as are the coho salmon, chinook salmon, and steelhead trout that have important habitat in the reserve’s stream systems.
Joining forces, the federal government and the State of California acquired the land for the reserve in 1999 to protect these important resources. The historic value of a once busy mill town named Falk is also commemorated in interpretive signs along the Elk River Trail, which follows an old logging road to the now vanished community. The BLM partners with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to manage the Headwaters Forest Reserve as part of the National Conservation Lands.
Polaris, J-28 is dead due to starvation attributed to a lack of Chinook salmon. Ken will be showing video and still photos of her emaciated body. Her death has orphaned “Dipper” or J-54 who is less than a year old. Polaris’s first daughter “Star” or J-46 is now trying to raise her orphaned sibling but I believe has a calf of her own, now. It doesn’t look good for all involved.
Unpublished NOAA data, based on tracking tags, has shown that the So Resident orcas spend about 20% of their time waiting for Chinook salmon at or near the mouth of the Columbia River; fish that simply aren’t arriving. Note that the Snake River is a tributary of the Columbia. This lack of fish has been attributed by governmental studies to be due to, in large part, to the four deadbeat dams on the Lower Snake River, which are a rip off to tax payers, getting us 15 cents to every tax dollar spent.
My personal opinion that, that I hope to convey, is that the construction of the lower 4 snake dams (1960’s and 1970s) corresponds with SeaWorld’s collections. With the removal of 50-60 members at the same time as the dam build out— when the whales tried to recover (from 70 members) they (analogy intended) ran into a brick wall… NOT enough food/calories to support the pre-dam population. Throw in secondary effects like chemical pollutants and increased shipping noise, etc. but not nearly as important as NO FISH NO Blackfish
Other data, from the Center for Whale research (already published) is that during stressful times the matriarch’s of J, K and L pod, including Granny, are, based on video evidence leading their respective pods to where they think that food is. There is value in these post menopausal women using their wisdom to find fish. This data is published.
Researchers found cocaine, Advil, Prozac, Lipitor, Benadryl
and dozens of other drugs in the tissue of juvenile chinook salmon
caught in the Puget Sound in September 2014, the Seattle Times reported
in February. The salmon likely picked up the drugs from wastewater in
the area that’s a “[cocktail] of 81 drugs." How this affects humans.
Check Out the Close Ups of Coho Spawning on the Salmon River - taken in November while conducting a coho spawning survey on the Salmon River in northwest Oregon.
The rivers, streams, and lakes of Oregon and Washington are home to a diverse array of fish species, and the BLM is committed to the restoration and protection of the aquatic habitat the fish are dependent on.
Salmon and trout species found on BLM-managed lands include bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, redband trout, steelhead trout, and chinook and sockeye salmon. Five of these species (bull trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, steelhead trout, chinook salmon, and sockeye salmon) are on the Endangered Species Act list in all or portions of their distribution.
The BLM addresses the management of fish and their habitat in District Resource Management Plans and through such initiatives as the Northwest Forest Plan, PACFISH and InFish. The BLM is also a member of the Federal Caucus, which is a group of nine federal agencies with management responsibilities for listed fish species. The Caucus works together to improve interagency coordination and management of all the factors that influence fish survival: habitat, hatcheries, harvest, and hydropower operations.
A little #weekendinspiration from Lake Creek Falls in Oregon!
Lake Creek Falls has been a popular swimming and picnicking spot since the early 1900s. In the fall and winter, it’s also a great spot to catch the show put on by Coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead as they migrate upstream to spawn.
In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean.
Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerous for juvenile salmon.
“The drought conditions have caused lower flows in the rivers, warmer water temperatures, and the fish that would normally be swimming down the rivers would be very susceptible to predation and thermal stress,” said Kari Burr, fishery biologist with the Fishery Foundation of California.
California has been trucking hatchery-raised salmon for years to bypass river dams and giant pumps that funnel water to Southern California and Central Valley farms.
But this year state and federal wildlife agencies are trucking nearly 27 million smolts, about 50 percent more than normal, because of the drought, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Each spring, the Coleman National Fish Hatchery usually releases about 12 million smolts into Battle Creek, a tributary of the Sacramento River near Redding. But this year, it trucked 7.5 million of them to San Francisco Bay because the drought had made the 300-mile swim too perilous.
I processed the king salmon. The belly was full of worms but the meat is still good. I pulled out all the organs and will be giving them to a friend for their dogs. One thing that surprised on the fish was the tiny nub of flesh behind the larger dorsal fin. There didn’t seem to be much in the way of bone in there.
With all the organs out, the large blood vessel in the back was exposed. This was dark with blood and still partially frozen. I then cut off the head and exposed the gills and the rather spiky tongue. The head will be used later in soup.
The final picture shows all that is left of the fish that won’t be used. However, I cut off the very end of the tail and put it in a jar of salt in hopes to preserve it. We’ll see how that goes. This is my first time trying this.