In the 2017 legislative session, Senate Bill 3 was passed by the Oregon State Legislature and signed by Gov. Brown that restricted in-stream motorized mining in all of Oregon's Essential Salmonid Habitat (ESH) to protect sensitive and threatened native fish populations across the state.
Now, the Department of State Lands has convened a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to set the formal rule making process for this regulation and update the permitting program to reflect these changes. DSL is holding a meeting open to the public on December 12, in Grants Pass, OR at the Rogue Community College.
Public comments are welcome, in addition to those members serving on the RAC, and Native Fish Society staff and River Stewards will be there to see our suction dredge mining reform efforts continue to protect sensitive and threatened fish populations across the state.
For more information on how to participate, please contact Jake Crawford.
Over 20,000 river miles of Oregon's Essential Salmonid Habitat are now protected
from harmful, in-stream suction dredge mining.