For steelheaders, Frank Moore, the North Umpqua, and its remarkable steelhead are legends that are inextricably linked. That is why the Wild Steelhead Coalition is proud to support Senator Ron Wyden’s bill S. 1448, the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary Designation Act. We think it is only fitting that the 104,000-acre Steamboat Creek Watershed – home to Frank and the North Umpqua’s critical steelhead spawning habitat – is designated in his honor.
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. In recognition 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 as an Honorary Lifetime Member and later with the Wild Steelhead Coalition’s Conservation Award for his work over more than half a century to conserve wild steelhead and their waters.
Last year, the Wild Steelhead Coalition sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources expressing our strong support for the designation of this sanctuary. With the bill stuck in Congress, we are continuing to champion its passage and recently partnered with Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to increase public support for this important legislation.