CORVALLIS - The issue of fish protection in Oregon gets more and more confusing, from Portland to the rural parts of the state, with each new listing of salmon and steelhead runs under the federal Endangered Species Act.

But the Oregon State University Extension Service has a publication that may be a good holiday stocking stuffer for people interested in improving their understanding of the issue. And it's free.

"A Snapshot of Salmon in Oregon," a 24-page non-technical publication, was designed to help Oregonians understand historical factors that led to federal listings of salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act.

The publication is broken into three sections with articles that provide background information about the various kinds of salmon in the state, examine human activities and natural forces that affect them, and highlight restoration efforts.

Copies of "A Snapshot of Salmon in Oregon," EM 8722, are available at no charge by calling 1-800-561-6719 or writing: Publication Orders, Extension and Station Communications, OSU, 422 Kerr Administration, Corvallis, OR 97331-2119.

As a public service, quantities of the publication are available for schools, libraries and organizations that serve the pubic or large numbers of members.

Click photos to see a full-size version. Right click and save image to download.


Peter Bloome, 541-737-2713