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.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Photo credit to sooke coastal explorations

The big male in the foreground is my adopted orca L88 Wave Walker. This was taken early June of this year. Wave Walker and his family usually don’t come to to the area this early, and usually arrive mid August. Perhaps his odd behaviour can be chalked up to the chinook salmon flat lining this year. I hope I don’t loose him to;it was Polaris, my other adopted orca, that I lost last year. I don’t want to loose another one.

Seattle Salmon is full of cocaine and other drugs

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.

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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.

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

Basically here's the dam tragedy as I know it:

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.

At today’s presser, Ken Balcomb will be flanked by Giles and members of Blackfish, Howie, Myself, Carol (I think) and maybe others

Jeffrey Ventre MD


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.

See these fish in action on BLM Oregon’s YouTube.


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.

Recent photos by Greg Shine, BLM


Heading out to Crater Lake this summer?  On the way, stop by the stunning Rogue Wild and Scenic River. 

The Rogue River is located in southwestern Oregon and flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. The 84 mile, Congressionally-designated “National Wild and Scenic” portion of the Rogue begins 7 miles west of Grants Pass and ends 11 miles east of Gold Beach.

The Rogue was one of the original eight rivers included in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The Rogue National Wild and Scenic River is surrounded by forested mountains and rugged boulder and rock-lined banks.

Steelhead and salmon fishery, challenging whitewater, and extraordinary wildlife viewing opportunities have made the Rogue a national treasure. Black bear, river otter, black-tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, Chinook salmon, great blue heron, water ouzel, and Canada geese are common wildlife seen along the river banks.  One of our favorite #mypubliclandsroadtrip stops – explore #yourlands!


The #mypubliclandsroadtrip spends the day exploring the Rogue National Wild and Scenic River in Oregon

The Rogue River is located in southwestern Oregon and flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. The 84 mile, Congressionall-designated “National Wild and Scenic” portion of the Rogue is managed by the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.

For Wildlife Wednesday, we’re checking out some of the wildlife that calls the Rogue home. Black bear, river otter, black-tail deer, bald eagles, osprey, Chinook salmon, great blue heron, water ouzel, and Canada geese are common wildlife seen along the Rogue River.  

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM