‘Roots to Rivers’ Dinner and Auction to Benefit Local Conservation Groups


Proceeds from April 5th event at the Vue in Corvallis to support Calapooia Watershed Council, Greenbelt Land Trust, Marys River Watershed Council, and Ten Rivers Food Web

Four local conservation and advocacy groups are teaming up to host Roots to Rivers, a benefit dinner and silent auction on April 5th, 2014 from 6-9:30pm at the Vue in downtown Corvallis (517 SW 2nd St.).  Calapooia Watershed Council, Greenbelt Land Trust, Marys River Watershed Council, and Ten Rivers Food Web  are joining together to celebrate the land, water, and farms that make the Willamette Valley a unique and beautiful place to live, work, and play. Guests will enjoy a delicious Mediterranean feast showcasing local foods and the finest local craft brews and wines. A silent auction will feature unique services and adventures such as a garden package including 5 yards of organic compost, seeds, and plant starts; a Benton County distillery tasting and tour package; a McKenzie River fly fishing trip for two; and more. The evening’s entertainment will include strolling minstrels, tarot readings, belly dancing, and magic! As the evening stars come out, we will enjoy the sweet sounds of the Portland-based three piece band Sagebrush Sisters!

Tickets for the event are available at both First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op locations in Corvallis, partner office locations, and online.

Proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the partner organizations working to host Roots to Rivers:

  • Calapooia Watershed Council promotes voluntary actions to improve the health of the Calapooia Watershed and its communities. (calapooia.org)
  • Greenbelt Land Trust protects in perpetuity native habitats, working lands, and lands of natural beauty, which provide a connection to the natural world for the residents of the mid-Willamette Valley. (greenbeltlandtrust.org)
  • Marys River Watershed Council inspires and supports voluntary stewardship of the Marys River watershed. (mrwc.org)
  • Ten Rivers Food Web builds stronger communities in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties by nourishing a local food system to ensure healthy food for all. (tenriversfoodweb.org)

Interested in participating in Roots to Rivers as a sponsor, donor, or volunteer? Contact Kyle at ksmith@calapooia.org or 541-466-3493.

Trout Unlimited meeting this Wednesday at Sky High Brewery


TU February meeting will be held at Sky High Brewery. This is our first time utilizing their space and we are very excited to have Dave Moskowitz from Deschutes River Alliance (DRA) at our inaugural Sky High meeting.  DRA work focuses on the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes River and recent water temperature issues.

Where: Sky High Brewery

160 NW Jackson Ave – Corvallis, Oregon 97330

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When: Wednesday, Feb. 19th at 7:00PM




OMSI Science Pub in Corvallis: Cry of the Pacific Lamprey: What This Ancient Fish Is Telling Us About Our Waters

Next Monday, join Carl Scheck of OSU and Jeremy Monroe of Freshwaters Illustrated at Old Wold Deli for OMSI Science Pub. The topic of the evening will be lamprey and what we can learn from these fascinating, ancient fish. 


Lamprey lack the charisma of Chinook salmon, steelhead or even the sturgeon. With a powerful mouth disc, lamprey latch onto other fish and suck out body fluids. Older than the dinosaurs, these ancient fish have successfully negotiated at least four planetary extinction events. However, they may not survive changes brought about by humans.

Monday, Feb. 10th, 2014

6-8 PM

Old World Deli – 341 2nd St. Corvallis, Oregon

[LINK] to OMSI science pub website

Fly Fishing Film Tour just around the corner – save 5 bones and get your tickets early.

The Blueback Chapter of Trout Unlimited is bringing the Fly Fishing Film Tour to Corvallis DSC_1361on February 15th at the Whiteside Theatre.  The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade.  Tickets are available online here, or at Cascadia Fly Shop (900 NW Kings Blvd.) $10 advance or $15 at the door. Ninkasi, Nectar Creek Honeymead, 4 Spirits Distillery, Lumos Winery, Vivacity Spirits, and others will be on-hand to make sure everyone has a good time.
Proceeds from the event will go to support the Bluebacks steelhead monitoring efforts on the South Fork of the Siletz River.  Come on out to see some of this year’s best fly fishing footage, drink some beers, and support a worthwhile cause. For questions about the event or to sponsor the Bluebacks, email bluebacksTU@gmail.com or check their website at www.bluebacks.org for other upcoming events and restoration projects.

Author Jim Lichatowich to discuss salmon recovery at OSU

Jim Lichatowich, Pacific salmon expert and author of the classic Salmon Without Rivers: A History Of The Pacific Salmon Crisisis scheduled to discuss the status of salmon recovery, problems and potential at Oregon State University’s Valley Library on Wed. Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.

Lichatowich published a new book on salmon recovery this year.


Bluebacks to conduct spawn and snorkel surveys on SF Siletz


Trout Unlimited’s local Corvallis Chapter, The Bluebacks, are undertaking a monitoring effort on the Upper South Fork of the Siletz above the old Valsetz Dam site.  The project will include both spawn surveys for steelhead “redds” and snorkel surveys to determine if juvenile salmon and steelhead are using the SF Siletz and its tributaries as rearing habitat.  The Bluebacks hope to engage the Corvallis community in “citizen science” to collect valuable data on fish populations in the Upper Siletz and provide educational opportunities for community members.

A few years ago, ideas began circulating about rebuilding a dam at the old Valsetz site, to create a reservoir to divert water from the SF Siletz to Polk and Lincoln counties for irrigation and municipal water uses.  Back in 2008, OPB ran a story and an accompanying article that summarizes the proposal pretty well here.  While that effort seems to be on the backburner, the Bluebacks are seeking to collect spawn and juvenile usage data for the Upper South Fork Siletz and some smaller tributaries to better inform any debate around future dam proposals and to gain understanding of native steelhead, Chinook, and trout populations in the Upper Siletz Basin.

Volunteer leaders are being trained in the middle of January, and spawn survey efforts will run from January through the middle of May.  The Bluebacks are seeking volunteers to participate in these spawn surveys, where groups will meet every other weekend at Moonshine State Park and drive to the survey sites.  Surveys will involve walking 1-2 miles of the reaches being monitored, looking for steelhead redds, or nests that spawning steelhead make to lay their eggs in.  The semi-weekly trips will take about a half day and will provide both beginners and experts experience with principles of fish biology and the opportunity to see wild, native steelhead spawning in their natal streams.

If you’d like more information on becoming a volunteer leader, or just participating in a volunteer survey day, contact Chapter Volunteer Coordinator Julie Nist, at bluebackstu@gmail.com, or head over to http://www.bluebacks.org/projects for a full monitoring calendar and more information on volunteer opportunities.


Fly Fishing Film Tour Coming to Corvallis


You asked for it and you got it.  Mark your calendars and warn your significant others, for the day after Valentines is the day to makeup for too much chocolate, champagne, and pricey dinners.  Come down to the Whiteside Theater (361 SW Madison Ave.) and join the Bluebacks for Corvallis’s inaugural showing of The Fly Fishing Film Tour.  To get pumped up on this year’s film selections, click over to the F3T website for trailers.

In attendance will be crews from Ninkasi Brewing, Nectar Creek Honeymead, Four Spirits Distillery, Cascadia Fly Shop, and others, pouring the finest Oregon beverages and showcasing the latest in fly fishing must-haves.  We’ll have our signature Bluebacks Pint Glasses for sale for $20 (including four drink tickets) and grub if you get the munchies, along with a slough of Bluebacks swag to keep you looking fresh.

Proceeds from the film showing and all beverage and merchandise sales will go to support the Bluebacks monitoring and restoration efforts on the Upper South Fork of the Siletz River.  More info on that coming very soon.

Tickets are just $10 and are available online or at Cascadia Fly Shop (available 1/6).  This might be the cheapest showing of F3T around, so help us sellout the Whiteside by buying a few extra tickets for your friends and family!

Upcoming Events – Dylan Tomine at the Shop this Wednesday

Closer-to-the-GroundDylan Tomine will be speaking about his new book and interviewed by John Larison at the Albany Public Library from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Albany Public Library: 2450 14th Avenue SE, Albany, OR 97322

Following that he will be at Cascadia Fly Shop for Books, Bobbins, and Beers. See the flyer below for more information.

Tomine Talk