IDLEYLD PARK, Ore. – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff members are finally discussing plans to rebuild the Rock Creek Hatchery after it burned down five months ago in the Archie Creek Fire.
Right now, officials said they’re trying to secure the funding to get the project done.
They’re also focusing on their short-term solutions, like cleaning up the remaining debris and evaluating any environmental issues that need to be addressed.
Staff said they also want to make sure the surviving fish are being well cared for at the hatcheries they were transferred to so they can finish out their life cycles successfully.
“I think now we’ve had enough time to take a step back a little bit and take a deep breath and really start to evaluate and look a little bit more into the long term,” said Greg Huchko, Umpqua district fish biologist.
Huchko said the goal is to bring the offspring back to Rock Creek by the fall.
When their rebuild plans are more concrete, he said they hope to get input from the community.