SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Advisory Committee will meet in Gold Beach on Thursday.

The committee will meet from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Curry County Fair Grounds (OSU Extension Office) located at 29390 Ellensburg (U.S. Highway 101) in Gold Beach. The agenda includes review of mini-grant applications, and updates on district STEP activities and other projects and administrative items.

Immediately following the meeting the board will tour several local projects from 12 to 5 p.m. Members of the public may accompany the group during the tour but must provide their own transportation.  

The Oregon Legislature created Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program in 1981 to provide a way for volunteers to participate in the restoration of native stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout. The STEP Advisory Committee makes recommendations to ODFW and the Fish and Wildlife Commission on issues regarding its programs. The committee’s 13 members are appointed by the Governor and represent all areas of Oregon.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the Information and Education Division at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6002 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

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Yourgo Artsitas is the Digital Editor at The World and a national award-winning sports columnist.