Paul Scheerer is a fish biologist for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Native Fish Investigations Project. Paul has worked for the agency for nineteen years focusing on the recovery of Oregon's native nongame fishes. He was the recipient of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Recovery Champion award in 2006 for his work.
Oregon chub (Oregonichthys crameri) are small minnows that exist only in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon. This species was formerly distributed throughout the Willamette Basin in off-channel habitats, such as beaver ponds, oxbows, backwater sloughs, and flooded marshes. In the last hundred years, these habitats have disappeared …