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2009 WSC Conservation Award Winner Bill McMillan

Category: Conservation Award | Posted by: natasha | 12/15/09 | Comments: 0

Summary: Education: 1963-1965 & 1967: Clark College, Vancouver, WA, biology major; 1965/66: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, fisheries major; 1967: Portland State University, Portland, OR, philosophy major; 1968: Central Washington State College, Ellensburg, WA, English major. Employment History: 2009: Contracted by Seattle City Light and Skagit River System Cooperative to help...
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Education:

1963-1965 & 1967: Clark College, Vancouver, WA, biology major; 1965/66: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, fisheries major; 1967: Portland State University, Portland, OR, philosophy major; 1968: Central Washington State College, Ellensburg, WA, English major.

Employment History:

2009: Contracted by Seattle City Light and Skagit River System Cooperative to help in an acoustic tagging and DNA study of Skagit River system steelhead.

2008-2009: Contracted by Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries) in Seattle, WA to research the historic numbers and extent of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia basin above Bonneville Dam in partnership with three other authors in development of a GIS map showing the historic habitat characteristics of the Columbia basin (including Canada) and the extent and numbers of salmon and steelhead those differing habitats supported prior to Euro-American resource extractions began in the basin. This is intended to guide future investments in the Columbia River basin regarding planning for ESA listed fish recoveries and habitat protection & acquisition that should be of highest priority.

1996 to 2009: Part time field biologist for Wild Fish Conservancy (formerly Washington Trout), a nonprofit out of Duvall, WA, in science and habitat projects throughout the state.

1973 to 2009: Writer/photographer published in regional/international fishing, outdoor, and conservation publications; author of several extensive book forewords and chapters for other authors and editors; author of Dry Line Steelhead and Other Subjects (a 1987 book on steelhead fly fishing and steelhead conservation issues); and presently working on a photo essay book through Amato Publications with my son, John, to be titled May the Rivers Never Sleep.

2005-2006: Contracted to do an extensive paper on the historic abundance of steelhead by the international nonprofit, Wild Salmon Center, out of Portland, OR.

1995 & 1996: American director of the Kvachina River field camp for two months each year for the Russian/American scientific expeditions to study steelhead of the Kamchatka Peninsula as funded by the Wild Salmon Center in collaboration with Moscow State University of Moscow, Russia.

1994-1995: Sales clerk for The Grande Ronde Angler, La Grande, OR.

1989-1994 & 1996: Sales clerk for Countrysport, in both Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.

1975-1981: Sales clerk for The Greased Line Fly Shop, Vancouver, WA.

1974-2006: Professional speaker on fly fishing and fishery conservation issues; and teacher of seminars on fly fishing and fly tying.

1974-1994: Self-employed maker of leather accessories for fly fishing.

1969: Chainman on survey crew of Clark County Road Department, Vancouver, WA.

1968: Chainman on survey crew for Halvorson-Mason Construction Co., Portland, OR.

1963-1967: Summer laborer at Crown Zellerbach Paper Mill in Camas, WA.

1956-1963 & 1970-1982: Sales clerk for McMillan’s Clothes for Men beginning at age 11 in Camas, WA.

1955/56: Newspaper delivery boy for the Vancouver Columbian in Camas, WA.

Volunteer Work:

1986-2009: Contributing author to The Osprey published by the Steelhead Committee of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

1989-2009: One of the founders of Washington Trout (today Wild Fish Conservancy with international scope) and board member all but two years since.

1989-1993: Served on the original Washington Department of Wildlife’s Fishery Policy Task Force.

1989-1992: Represented the Gifford Pinchot Task Force regarding fishery issues and information in the advocacy for roadless and wilderness areas in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

1989-1990: Served on the Gifford Pinchot Forest’s Spotted Owl Citizen’s Advisory Board during those heated years that eventually led to protection of spotted owl habitat.

1985-1992: Initiated, taught and led snorkel surveys of Washougal and East Fork Lewis rivers to determine wild steelhead escapements with 15 updated reports provided to managing agencies, subsequent ESA listing as Threatened, and survey transitions to Washington Department of Wildlife in the 1990s for wild steelhead management.

1983-1992: Initiated and led first snorkel surveys of Wind River to determine summer steelhead escapements including 15 updated reports to managing agencies outlining the data needs that continue to drive steelhead management there, and subsequent survey transition to Washington Department of Game (now Fish and Wildlife) in 1988.

1982-1986: Represented the Columbia River Gorge Coalition regarding fishery information in development of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in 1986 and eventual selection of Trapper Creek as a Wilderness Area in 1984 – the only remaining pristine watershed in Wind River Basin.

1981-1982: One of the founders of the Columbia River Citizen’s Compact, an advocacy group developed to provide early public input to the Northwest Power Planning Council regarding Columbia River salmon and steelhead restoration.

1979-1994: Initiated, taught and led steelhead spawning surveys on Washougal, Wind, and East Fork Lewis Rivers through the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers including 15 updated reports to managing agencies.

1975: Co-founded the Clark-Skamania Flyfishers as a wild fish conservation organization.

1974-1975: Designed and carried out a mark-recapture study regarding the catch-and-release survival of Washougal River summer run steelhead with a detailed report to Washington Department of Game.

Among Writings for Science Oriented Publication:

2009: Author of, Historical Columbia and Snake River Steelhead Runs. The Osprey, Issue No. 62, Steelhead Committee of Federation of FlyFishermen.

2008: Lead author of, Unexpected Abundance: Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki clarki) as the Inheritors of Seattle Urban Creeks in the Declining Presence of Other Wild Salmonids. IN: Proceedings of the 2005 Coastal Cutthroat Trout Symposium, September 29-October 1, Port Townsend, Washington. American Fisheries Society (in press).

2006: Author of, Historic Steelhead Abundance: Washington NW Coast and Puget Sound (With Particular Emphasis on the Hoh River). Wild Salmon Center, Portland, OR. 234 pp. (available at www:wildsalmoncenter.org)

2004: Author of, Comparisons of Steelhead Abundance in Alaska’s Situk River with Washington’s Skagit River. A special report published by the Wild Steelhead Coalition, Seattle, WA. 22 pp. (available at www:wildsteelheadcoalition.org)

2003: Author of, Skagit River Winter Steelhead: Their Past, Present and Future. The Osprey, Issue No. 46, Steelhead Committee of Federation of Fly Fishers.

2001: Author of, Males as Vectors to Hatchery/Wild Spawning Interactions and the Reshaping of Wild Steelhead/Rainbow Populations through Fishery Management. Washington Trout, Duvall, WA. 56 pp.

2001: Among authors (Patrick C. Trotter lead author) of, Genetic and Phenotypic Catalog of Native Resident Trout of the Interior Columbia River Basin, FY-2001 Report: Populations in the Wenatchee, Entiat, Lake Chelan, and Methow River Drainages. BPA Contract Number 98-AP-07901. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. 39 p (plus Appendix).

2000: Among authors (Patrick C. Trotter lead author) of, Occurrence of the Olympic mudminnow on the east side of the Puget Trough.  Northwestern Naturalist 81: 59-63.

1999: Among authors (Patrick C. Trotter lead author) of, Genetic and Phenotypic Catalog of Native Resident Trout of the Interior Columbia River Basin, FY-1999 Report: Populations of the Pend Oreille, Kettle, and Sanpoil River Basins of Colville National Forest. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR. 45 pp (plus Appendix).

1998: Among authors (Patrick C. Trotter lead author) of, Genetic and Phenotypic Catalog of Native Resident Trout of the Interior Columbia River Basin, FY-1998 Report: Populations of the Upper Yakima Basin. BPA Contract Number 98-AP-07901. Northwest Power Planning Council, Portland, OR . 57 pp (plus Appendices).

1984: Author of, an Angling Community in Change. IN: Proceedings of the Olympic Wild Fish Conference in Port Angeles, Washington, March 23-25, 1983: 303-308. Ed: J.M. Walton and D.B. Houston. Fisheries Technology Program, Peninsula College. Port Angles, WA.

1982: Author of, Changes in Angler Expectations and Ethics in a Hatchery-Supported Fishery, or the Fisheries Community’s Responsibility to Define and Maintain the Angling Legacy through a Diverse and Responsive Management. IN: The Role of Hatcheries in the Management of Wild Salmonids, Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Reno, Nevada, February 21, 1982: 19-21. American Fisheries Society and Cal Trout.

1977: Author of, A Sportsman’s View of Wild Fisheries. IN: Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead, Proceedings of a Symposium Held at Vancouver, Washington, March 5-6, 1976: 72-77. Ed: Ernest Schwiebert. Special Publication No. 10. American Fisheries Society.

Honors:

2001-2009 & 1991-1992: President of board of directors for Wild Fish Conservancy (formerly Washington Trout).

2000: Clark-Skamania Flyfishers’ Conservationist of 20th Century

1994: Washington Trout’s Conservationist of the Year.

1991: Chosen to guide former President and First Lady, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter on their trip to the North Umpqua River to fly fish for steelhead.

1985: Oregon Trout’s Conservationist of the Year.

1983: Clark-Skamania Flyfishers’ Conservationist of Year.

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