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The latest goings-on at the MidCoast Watersheds Council

Monthly Meeting September 2016

MidCoast Watersheds Council

What will it really take to restore coho on the coast?

Thursday September 1st @ 6:30pm

Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District

2129 N Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365


 Charley Dewberry

Charley Dewberry

The public is invited to a talk by Charley Dewberry at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday September 1st, 2016 at 6:30 pm in Newport, to gain a historical perspective on coho restoration. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD building, located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex.  Refreshments will be served.

Imagine the days when hundreds of thousands of salmon ran up each of our major rivers to spawn and multiple canning plants lined the lower Alsea, Yaquina and Siletz rivers. This was all without hatchery production, depending on the natural productivity of healthy rivers and ecosystem.  In his talk, Charley will provide background on the history of salmon runs in our area. He will also discuss how “shifting baselines” make measuring successful restoration more challenging. 

Charley Dewberry is one of the most experienced field workers in the Pacific Northwest. He has spent the last 30 years snorkel diving and counting juvenile salmonids as the basis for constructing restoration plans. He worked for 10 years for Jim Sedell at the U.S. Forest Service Regional Lab in Corvallis. He has also worked for Pacific Rivers, Ecotrust, and several timber companies. In 2005, Charley was part of the Siuslaw partnership that won the international Theiss River Prize for the outstanding river restoration. In 2016, he was selected as the River Restorationist of the year by the Society of Ecological Restoration, Northwest. 

We hope you can join us on September 1st.