This is as it should be, as far as the river people are concerned. They take a dim view of most efforts, especially of government efforts, to improve upon a job that nature clearly has under control, just as they take a dim view of everything in the world outside the Rogue that affects their river. This is not because they have anything against the government, or against keeping the Rogue in its wild state, but because they distrust the wisdom of placing the river in the hands of federal agencies that do not always seem to know or understand it.
When they cite, for example, the Bureau of Land Management's bridge across Kelsey Creek that washed out with the first flood, the U.S. Forest Service's bridge at Agness that washed out before the approaches were even completed, the BLM's relocation of the Rogue River Trail above Whisky Creek that washed out in the first high water, and half a dozen other bits and pieces of washed-out construction all undertaken against local—and obviously sensible—objections, their reservations seem to have a certain validity.
"But, heck, I'm not worried about this bunch," said Red Keller of the official invasion that threatened to inundate the Rogue last month. "All them government fellers really want to do while they're here is catch steelhead."
That, of course, was what everyone was doing on the Rogue.