Mark Schmidt, a lifelong resident of the Molalla River Basin, has been named winner of the Ryan Morgan Service Award by the Molalla River Alliance.

A skilled fisherman and fly designer, Schmidt is a founding member of the MRA and chairs its Science Committee. For many years, he has served as the Molalla River Steward for the Native Fish Society, an MRA affiliate.

“Year in and year out, Mark hikes miles of the upper Molalla River to conduct fish surveys,” said John Atkins, MRA President. “He plants salmon carcasses in the river to provide nutrients for newly spawned fish. He works to restore streamside habitat with native plantings. He’s the Molalla River’s best friend.”

At its annual meeting in May, Atkins presented Schmidt with a commemorative plaque with the inscription: “Ryan Morgan Service Award. For exceptional and selfless work for the protection and enhancement of the Molalla River and its watershed.”

The service award is given in memory of Ryan Morgan, a founding member of the Alliance who was a youth counselor and mentor, Molalla High School track coach, Molalla City Council member and an avid outdoorsman. Morgan lost his life in a kayaking accident on the Little White Salmon River in August of 2009.

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