Balanced Approach Would Benefit both Recreation and Timber Economies
As fishing guides who earn our living on the McKenzie, Willamettte, North Umpqua, and a number of other Oregon rivers, we depend on cold, clean water, intact riparian areas, and healthy, robust populations of trout, steelhead, and salmon to pay the bills every month. Most mornings, we’re up before the sun to ready our drift boats for clients that come from all over the world to fish for the McKenzie’s legendary redside trout or the Umpqua’s famed wild steelhead.
Much of the reason Oregon is such an envied location for fishermen, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts is because of the many protections extended to the special places that define our state. The North Umpqua Flywater, the Wild and Scenic Rogue, and the Upper McKenzie are just a few of the places we’re glad our political leaders had the foresight to protect from large scale logging, mining, and other commercial activities that could have impacted their status as world class fisheries.
But we also have friends and family members who have built their livelihoods on predictable, sustainable sources of timber harvest from Oregon’s bountiful forests. We appreciate the value Oregon’s forests bring to rural communities and want to see the state’s logging families continue to be able to live the lifestyles they have for generations.
Oregon needs a balanced approach to managing O&C lands, one that provides revenue for rural communities and also ensures the places we know and love will remain the way they are now for future generations. That’s why we support Senator Ron Wyden’s O&C Lands Bill.
Ty and Clay Holloway
Holloway Bros. Fly Fishing