In May, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced S.1448, the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Designation Act. The legislation honors the life and legacy of Frank Moore through the designation of 104,000 acres of public land in Oregon’s Steamboat Creek Watershed as the “Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary.”
Frank Moore is a steelhead conservation legend and an American hero, who has dedicated his life to fighting for what he holds most dear from the beaches of Normandy to the banks of Oregon’s Umpqua River. A recipient of the Wild Steelhead Coalition’s Conservation Award and an Honorary Lifetime Member, we can think of no one more worthy of this distinction than Frank Moore.
To learn more about Frank’s amazing life and the benefits of this legislation, please read the letter WSC submitted to the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining that encourages the subcommittee to make this legislation a reality.
Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Wyden,
I am writing on behalf of the Wild Steelhead Coalition (WSC) to express our strong support of S. 1448, the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Designation Act. Not only would this legislation conserve one of the most remarkable salmonid sanctuaries in the United States, but it would also honor an American war hero and conservation icon. I can think of no one more worthy of this distinction than Frank Moore, a man who embodies the greatest of the Greatest Generation.
From the beaches of Normandy to the banks of Oregon’s Umpqua River, Frank Moore has utilized his seemingly endless supply of courage and conviction to fight for what he holds most dear. With a force of will as mighty as the rivers that carve up Oregon’s lands, he has defeated foes on the field of battle and created conservation allies throughout his homeland. All the while, Frank has maintained a warmth, openness, and kindness that have made him universally beloved.
For steelhead aficionados, Frank Moore, the N. Umpqua, and its remarkable steelhead are legends that are inextricably linked. It is only fitting that the 104,000-acre Steamboat Creek Watershed – home to Frank and the N. Umpqua’s critical spawning habitat – is designated as the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary: a sanctuary that will honor Frank’s extraordinary legacy and conserve his beloved steelhead for future generations.
In honor of his lifetime of work protecting wild fish and rivers, the Wild Steelhead Coalition has bestowed Frank with our organization’s two highest honors. First, WSC named Frank an Honorary Lifetime Member as a tribute to his work with the film “Pass Creek” and the groundbreaking changes in logging practices that resulted from the film and Frank’s tireless advocacy. Then, in 2008, Frank was awarded the Wild Steelhead Coalition’s Conservation Award, which honored his efforts over more than half a century to conserve wild steelhead and their waters.
The Wild Steelhead Coalition is far from alone in its efforts to honor Frank’s legacy. In addition to the aforementioned awards, Frank has received the National Wildlife Federation – Sears Roebuck Foundation’s Conservationist of the Year Award, Izaak Walton League’s Beaver Award for Conservation Achievement, Anders Award for Wild Trout Management, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Audubon Society, Conservation Award of the Year from Umpqua Watersheds, and numerous others.
Despite this laundry list of accolades, the Wild Steelhead Coalition believes these awards fail to sufficiently honor Frank Moore – the lives and lands he has touched are far grander than a litany of plaques and accolades. Only an honor as special as the creation of the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary could properly pay homage to a man as exceptional, inspirational, and unique as the rivers and fish Frank has spent his life conserving.
Thank you for your consideration of this request. We strongly hope you and your subcommittee will take the necessary steps to ensure that the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary becomes a reality.
Chair, Board of Directors
Wild Steelhead Coalition