provided a $5,000 grant and serves as a member. The Watershed Council has raised the awareness of water quality between upper and lower valleys and has fostered greater regional coordination than ever before. One grateful member is the Santiam Water Control District, based in Stayton. This irrigation district has about 400 members and serves mostly agricultural but some residential interests. Its director appreciates the regional coordination fostered by the Council and the Forest Service role as facilitator.
B. Citizen Issues Related to Natural Resource Management
There is growing awareness of watershed wide issues that has stimulated an interest in greater communication and region wide organization. Residents and leaders expressed specifically their need for greater cooperation on natural resource issues.
“Why are they protecting the fish when for years there was no such thing as ‘native runs?’ It has all been introduced.”
“I love Detroit Lake. Little Fork is nice and the North Santiam is superb. These areas should be left alone—no timber should be cut here.”
“I’m a firewood cutter. The Forest Service gave me good leads this year about where to go. It was easy getting a permit at Detroit Ranger District.”
Does the Northwest Plan expire?
Is the Freres mill secure? “We’d hate to lose that mill. And if we did, would we lose access to the river, too?”
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