Florence STEP to host monthly meeting Nov. 2

Meeting to cover hatchery coho and ways to involve local youth

Oct. 25, 2022 — Florence Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) will hold its monthly meeting Nov. 2 at the Florence Elks Club. Members will talk about their hatchery coho program.

The group will also discuss restarting their “egg to fry” aquarium program in Florence and Mapleton schools. This is an educational program designed to help local students view and understand their local environment.

Florence STEP also hopes to restart their local kid’s fishing days next year in hopes of spreading awareness of local fishing opportunities.

The meeting will be in the back room of the Florence Elks Lodge #1858, 1686 12th St. The public is encouraged to attend.

Florence STEP is a volunteer program within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) 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.

Florence STEP self-funds all of their activities. Volunteers have donated money, materials, equipment, and countless hours of time and labor.

Work is done under the supervision of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

For more information, go to florencestep.com.

[Note: A story in the Oct. 26 Siuslaw News incorrectly lists the date of the this meeting as Nov. 9.)