On February 12th, the U.S. Senate passed the Natural Resources Management Act, which included the Frank and Jeanne Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary. The Sanctuary will protect the North Umpqua River Basin as well as the Steamboat Creek watershed. Wild Steelhead use the Steamboat drainage for spawning purposes once the rains of winter open up access to their breeding waters.
Frank Moore has been working to protect the wild steelhead of the Umpqua for decades, bringing to light the negative effects of poor forestry management on stream conditions and fish health.
For more information, hear Frank Moore’s story in the video above or check out PacificRivers.org.