[env-trinity] Serge, Byron, Tom

Elizabeth Soderstrom ESoderstrom at americanrivers.org
Mon Dec 13 10:01:29 PST 2010


I, too, am so saddened by the news of Serge. I loved seeing him and interacting with him at Trinity meetings. And when I would run into him in Sacramento, it was a blast of fresh air - he always had the biggest smile and the best hugs. He would lean into me and tell me something funny and it felt like I was part of Serge's world - which was a great place to be. I miss him.

I am also sad to hear about the end of FOTR, but thankfully Bryon is still with us, and Tom's departure from CalTrout is disturbing, but I hope our paths cross again.



Elizabeth Soderstrom, PhD
Senior Director of Conservation 
American Rivers
432 Broad Street
Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: 530 478 5694
Email: esoderstrom at amrivers.org

-----Original Message-----
From: env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us [mailto:env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us] On Behalf Of Jay_Glase at nps.gov
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 9:39 AM
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Subject: [env-trinity] Serge, Byron, Tom

what a crazy and sad few weeks it's been.  I don't usually write to the list anymore, but all this news has me getting nostalgic.

First the news about Serge birk.  Regardless of who you worked for and whether you agreed with some of serge's ideas or not, there's a big hole without serge around.  One thing I remember about Serge - we were at some fisheries event and he said something to me about how good it was to have a great wife - he was complimenting three people at once (not including
himself!) and it was genuine.  It helped me understand where his values really were.  Even though I haven't seen Serge in years, I'm sad knowing he's not around.

Then the end of FOTR.  Byron, I remember the day you got stuck in that new side channel - Upper Svenson, I'm pretty sure it was.  You and Herb Burton floated downstream from there and saw two USFWS employees working at one of the other side channels - we gave a wave since we knew it was Herb's boat, and Byron you waved back - kind of, in a very upset Byron kind of way - we new you were pretty mad about something.  Interesting that this float trip and that side channel were the beginning of FOTR.  Also interesting was that in the following year, after some high flows did some real work on the river, this side channel produced well over 10,000 salmon fry because it was so loaded with redds.  Then in 1995 or 96, the river did some more work and completely eliminated that channel except for during high flow events.
Seems like the river didn't like that location for a permanent side channel.  Byron, we didn't always agree on what was good or not so good for the river and the fish, but you were one of the most instrumental individual in bringing more awareness to the Trinity than would have been possible without FOTR.  Thanks for your hard work, and happy fishing!

And now Tom is leaving Cal-Trout?  What's going on - isn't this kind of like Brett Favre leaving the Greenbay Packers?  Ok, go ahead and soak that one in Tom - but really, you've been with Cal Trout and involved with the Trinity work for such a long time that it's impossible to think of you not there.  Good luck with your future adventures - I'm sure you'll do great work as you have for the past couple of decades on the Trinity.

So, no more depressing news from anyone ok? - just enjoy the holidays and go find some snow to play in like we're supposed to do this time of year.

Cheers and Happy Holidays to everyone in the trinity family

jay glase,
Midwest Regional Fish Biologist
National Park Service

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