An impressive undertaking
Over the course of the four years of the study, 108 volunteer anglers took 277 trips down the 5.1 mile study section. Records from these trips indicate that volunteers put in a total of 2558.5 hours of angling / sampling time. The actual number of volunteer hours contributed towards the study is much higher. Volunteers did much of the study planning, created the study database, input and verified data, tabulated and analyzed the data, produced progress reports and annual reports, created and maintained the study website, and coordinated all of the moving parts.
Professional data collection standards
Training was mandatory for study participants and volunteers were expected to meet professional standards for data accuracy. At the beginning of each study season, ODFW biologists and volunteer study coordinators held training sessions where volunteer anglers learned how to safely tag and release wild trout. Volunteers were instructed on proper fish handing, tagging technique, and data collection protocol.
Thank you, volunteers!
It is believed that the Lower McKenzie Wild Trout Population Study is the largest study of its kind which has been conducted primarily with volunteer effort. Thanks to all who participated – this study could not have happened without you.
Let's count some trout!
Estimating wild trout populations isn’t that difficult; provided you can catch enough of them!