Frank Moore: the Conscience of Northwest Steelheading

February 25, 2010 By: Marshall Cutchin

Fishing in the Umpqua River

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As we first reported a couple of weeks ago, conservationist and angler Frank Moore will be inducted into the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame on Saturday, making him the 110th person to be given the honor. This morning Mark Freeman provides an in-depth profile of the man who made it his mission to prove that west-coast hatchery fish were not good enough to sustain fish populations and that unrestricted logging was bad for rivers.
“[Moore] gained attention in the 1960s with the documentary ‘Pass Creek,’ which chronicled how logging in the Umpqua basin was altering water temperatures and quality. That study helped change logging practices and led to Moore being named the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year in 1970.”
Freeman also wrote a fine article about Moore in 2007 — complete with a photo of the 85-year-old conservationist towing a “youngster” across a stream.

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