Volunteers, educators, students, anglers and scientists will gather at Seven Feathers Convention Center in Canyonville on April 6 for the 2013 Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Conference.

The theme of the biennial conference will be “STEPing Up To Restore Oregon’s Salmon and Trout” and members of the public interested in salmon and trout restoration are invited to attend. The cost of the conference is $30 and includes lunch and dinner. Participants can register on-line at http://www.regonline.com/2013STEPConference. Registration closes March 23, 2013.

According to Kevin Herkamp, ODFW STEP coordinator, the conference will provide a forum to highlight STEP programs and volunteer opportunities throughout the state. The agenda includes a keynote address by Bill Bradbury, long-time STEP and conservation leader, presentations from leading scientists and ODFW staff, and three hands-on workshops on Sunday.

“This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest science regarding salmon and trout, and to identify some practical ways to get more volunteers involved is salmon and trout restoration,” Herkamp said.

STEP is a volunteer program within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife that works to restore and enhance Oregon’s native salmon and trout populations. Since 1981, STEP volunteers have monitored fish populations, restored stream habitat, provided youth and adult educational opportunities, and produced salmon, steelhead and trout for Oregon fisheries.

Information on STEP can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/STEP or by contacting Kevin Herkamp, ODFW Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Coordinator, at (503)947-6232 or kevin.herkamp@state.or.us.

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