About 102,000 Oregon boat owners can expect next week to receive renewal notices for their motor boat registrations, and they will be the first ones to pay the new $5 fee to combat invasive species.

About 102,000 Oregon boat owners can expect next week to receive renewal notices for their motor boat registrations, and they will be the first ones to pay the new $5 fee to combat invasive species.

The Oregon State Marine Board on Friday will mail the renewal notices to boat owners whose registered crafts have either an "08" or "09" registration on them.

The fees include the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit, though the rest of the registration fee will remain unchanged from 2008, the last time this group of boats were registered, Marine Board spokeswoman Ashley Massey says.

Created by the Oregon Legislature earlier this year, the new permit will raise part of roughly $2 million a year that the Marine Board expects to put toward an elevated effort to keep non-native plants, fish and other species from reaching Oregon.

Invasive species such as quagga mussels and hydrilla are aquatic hitchhikers that have spread throughout the United States in bilge water and on boat hulls.

Massey says the money will help buy and install more boat-washing stations at lakes and reservoirs, train staff on boat inspections and step up an education effort to teach Oregonians how not to accidentally infect area waterways.

There will not be a new decal, Massey says. Marine enforcement officers will know boaters paid their new fee by the regular registration decal they affix to their boats, Massey says.

The regular fee for motorized boats remains $3 per foot, with the official lengths of boats rounded up, Massey says.

Registrations are staggered so half the boats get re-registered each year.

Massey stresses that boat owners can register online with no processing fee.

Boat owners can go to the Marine Board's Web site at www.boatoregon.com and click on the registration icon. There, they can enter the renewal information in the designated fields and pay by credit card, Massey says.

Boat owners then can print out a temporary permit, and the decal will be mailed in about a week, she says.

Bait and hardware are welcomed back on parts of the upper Rogue River Sunday as anglers begin transitioning out of the traditional flies-only season for steelhead angling there.

Beginning Sunday morning, steelhead anglers may fish with bait and lures from the Cole Rivers Hatchery boat ramp downstream to the Shady Cove Park ramp.

From the Shady Cove ramp downstream to Gold Ray Dam, steelhead anglers can use artificial bait, weights and lures, but no baits such as worms or roe.

The flies-only season on the upper Rogue runs Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, and is designed to open fishing for summer steelhead during the spring chinook salmon spawning season.

Chinook salmon fishing remains closed in the upper Rogue through December. That includes a ban on intentionally catching and releasing chinook.

The Wild on Wilderness Committee of Umpqua Watersheds will present a free slideshow about the wild backcountry areas of the Umpqua Valley tonight in Ashland.

The presentation will focus on preserving and protecting these last wild areas. The photographs range from aerial to underwater shots, including some rare and hidden waterfalls. Several pictures show the effects of wildfire on both old-growth forests and plantations.

The slideshow will highlight some of the most spectacular trees, vistas and waterfalls in the wild forests of the Umpqua watershed. The presentation will be held at Headwaters Environmental Center, 84 Fourth St., Ashland, at 7 p.m. There will also be information about the free upcoming Umpqua Wilderness Conference, "Wilderness: Our Community Our Future," to be held Nov. 7, at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg.

Register online at www.umpqua-watersheds.org, or for more information call the Umpqua Watersheds office at 541-672-7065.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.