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Fishermen Collect 250 Christmas Trees For Salmon Habitat

Ecotrope | Jan. 6, 2013 11:58 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:27 p.m.

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The Tualatin Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited collected Christmas trees for a salmon habitat project at two sites in the Portland area Saturday.

The Tualatin Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited collected Christmas trees for a salmon habitat project at two sites in the Portland area Saturday.

A quick update on a story I covered recently: The Tualatin Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited collected around 250 donated Christmas trees for a salmon habitat project Saturday.

In one day, the fishermen surpassed the 200 donated trees they collected last year. They got so many trees on Saturday, they had to rent an extra trailer to cart them to the coast.¬†They filled a 17-foot U-Haul truck and two trailers, and still had trees left over.

Many of the donated Christmas trees were placed into salmon habitat near the Necanicum River on Sunday.

Many of the donated Christmas trees were placed into salmon habitat near the Necanicum River on Sunday.

A news story on KGW brought a lot of new tree donors, according to the group’s conservation director Michael Ellis.

“We were a little overwhelmed with trees,” said Ellis. “But most of them made it to the coast Sunday and many are now nurturing Coho salmon fry.”

Several members of the Trout Unlimited group drove the bulk of the trees to the coast on Sunday and placed some them into off-channel wetland habitat on the Necanicum River near Seaside. The group is holding two more collection events this Saturday and next.

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