Registration for ODFW salmon, trout conference ends March 6

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SALEM, Ore. – Participants have until March 6 to register for the ODFW’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) conference scheduled for March 26 and 27 in Rockaway Beach.

With the theme “Teach today. Fish tomorrow,” the conference will bring together volunteers and educators who teach about fish and help protect habitat.

Sponsored by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) the conference will be held March 26 and 27 in Rockaway Beach.

According to Kevin Herkamp, ODFW STEP coordinator, the conference is a forum for STEP volunteers — and others who want to increase awareness about salmon, trout and their habitat — to share experiences and ideas.

The conference also is a chance for teachers and informal educators to see what educational resources and partnerships are available through the STEP program and the organizations it works with.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Twin Rocks Friends Camp in Rockaway Beach, Ore. Participants will be able to select from sessions on a variety of topics related to the biology, management and conservation of fish and their habitat.

On Sunday, March 27 attendees may choose between two optional field trips – a half-day drift boat trip on a nearby river to capture wild winter steelhead for the local broodstock program, or a half-day kayak tour of the Nehalem Bay. There is an additional $20 fee for the field trips.

Registration for the conference is $45 and must be received by March 6, 2011. Pre-registration is required for both the conference and the Sunday field trips. To register and to learn more about the conference and nearby lodging, go to