Rogue Challenge 2020

What is the Rogue Challenge?

Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear and Tournament Fish Commish, introduced the Rogue Challenge in 2018 as a collective call for Fight for Fish players to support specific, outcome-focused restoration projects in Oregon’s Rogue basin.

Over two years, and with two matches from Boyle himself, the challenge has raised more than $814,000. As a result, The Freshwater Trust (TFT) has successfully implemented nearly 20 new restoration projects in a basin that desperately needs fixing.

In 2019 alone, thanks to Rogue Challenge participants, TFT implemented nine new projects, recruited eight new landowners, planted 25,000 new trees, built five new large wood structures and monitored 27 different projects.

Learn about last year’s projects

What’s next for the Rogue?

At this time, our implementation projects in the Rogue are continuing, even during COVID.

TFT and its subcontractors are closely tracking all federal, state, and local laws and orders pertaining to the protection of human health and safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. With respect to Oregon restoration projects, because of the outdoor, dispersed nature of our work, neither The Freshwater Trust nor its local restoration partners fall into a category of businesses shut down by Oregon’s recent executive order. Our subcontractors are a vital aspect of the outdoor and watershed health restoration economies across the state, and we will continue to implement on-the-ground projects for as long as permitted. While doing so, all employees and partners are complying with social distancing practices and guidelines to ensure the health and wellbeing of all involved. The rest of TFT’s work is capable of being done remotely. Non-field staff in Oregon, Idaho and California are working remotely, and our offices will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

The newly identified projects for this year have been labeled on this map in green and orange. The white markers are the projects implemented last year with your support. We plan to implement 9 new projects with 7 new landowners. We will put 20,000 new plants in the ground, build more than 50 large wood structures and monitor more than 27 sites.