Christmas for Coho

CANCELLED- Trout Unlimited Christmas for Coho (C4C) Tree Collection

Due to EXTREME RISK for both volunteers and patrons in Multnomah and Clackamas counties during the current surge in the COVID pandemic <Coronavirus. Oregon.gov>, the 8th annual Christmas tree collection by the Portland area local Trout Unlimited chapters id canceled.

Trout Unlimited thanks all patrons who donated trees in the past and looks forward to their support next year.

CONTACT: Mike Gentry (503) 636-0061 michaelgentry04@comcast.net

Christmas for Coho History

In 2012, the Tualatin Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited began this innovative program that provides a public service while at the same time benefiting Oregon coastal coho salmon. It has grown each year, with many hundreds of trees collected each holiday season. The effort has received national and local media coverage, including an award from Field & Stream magazine in 2014 as one of its Heroes for a Day ten top volunteer conservation projects: http://www.fieldandstream.com/hero-for-a-day/videos/2014/seaside

TU volunteers collect the Christmas trees and deposit them into selected backwaters, beaver ponds and wetlands in the Tualatin and Clackamas river watersheds. The trees quickly provide shade and shelter for juvenile coho and a nurturing breeding habitat for invertebrates the fish feed on. Results have been amazing, with thousands of young coho observed feeding and hiding among the trees. This enhanced habitat helps young coho thrive during the critical rearing period before they swim out to the ocean.