ASHLAND, Ore. — The City of Ashland held its eighth Bear Creek Salmon Festival with some big pieces missing.
The Bureau of Land Management and Cascade-Siskiyou monument because of the government shutdown.
Both agencies play a big role in the research and preservation of the area’s salmon, which was the focus of the event. The festival’s coordinator says the shutdown couldn’t have happened at a worse time.
Right now is spawning season, a critical time for research into salmon populations and behavior.
“That research needs to be happening on a seasonal basis right now, when the salmon are spawning and one of the things that concerns me is that those researchers are not out there in their waders getting their data,” explained Libby Van Wyhe.
Despite the absence the event did go on. Organizers say this year had the largest attendance.