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Conservation and Recovery Plan for Oregon Steelhead Populations in the Middle Columbia river Steelhead Distinct Population Segment

"This plan serves as a blueprint for the recovery of ten Middle Columbia River (Mid-C)steelhead populations that occupy Oregon tributaries to the Columbia River. The steelhead populations spawn and rear in the Fifteenmile Creek, Deschutes, John Day, Umatilla and Walla Walla river basins and are part ofthe Mid-C steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Distinct Population Segment (DPS). The DPS, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA),includes all steelhead populations in Oregon and Washington tributaries to the Columbia River upstream of the Hood and Wind river systems, up to and including the Yakima River. The plan seeks to remove or minimize threats to the long-term persistence of Oregon’s Mid-C steelhead populations and improve their viability to levels that will allow removal of the DPS from the threatened and endangered species list. The long-term goals, however, reach well beyond achieving DPS delisting. They aim to recover the populations and their habitats to levels that are not only viable, but also provide sustainable fisheries and other ecological, cultural,social and economic benefits for future generations."--Excerpt from Executive Summary. Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Februrary 2010.

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