Post-fire forest policies should focus on watershed health

This Op-Ed by Tim Palmer is a good counter to the typical opinion regarding post-forest fire activities. A drumbeat of misinformation after the wildfires of 2017 calls for abandoning well-established safeguards for the forests, wildlife and watersheds of the West. One of my county commissioners blamed the Forest Service for “absolute devastations” and, chiming in, … Continue reading Post-fire forest policies should focus on watershed health

“No-recovery plan” for steelhead

This letter to the editor is spot on regarding Snake River salmon and steelhead. The Conservation Angler could not agree more with Mr. Linwood Laughey. What is the point of a recovery plan that does not achieve recovery?! -------- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released its new recovery plan for threatened/endangered Snake River … Continue reading “No-recovery plan” for steelhead

Proposed Washington legislation could jeopardize waterway access for boaters, anglers

Two Washington bills targeting trespassers in Clark County could have statewide implications for anglers and boaters. House Bill 2521 and Senate Bill 6152 would give counties authority to close roads and other public right-of-ways that abut a waterway for “the protection of public safety.” These bills are bad public policy because they do not truly address the landowner … Continue reading Proposed Washington legislation could jeopardize waterway access for boaters, anglers

Comments on National Marine Fisheries Service Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination re: Skagit River Steelhead Fishery Resource Management Plan

TCA has signed on to the attached letter expressing concerns about the Resource Management Plan (RMP) the Skagit Indian Tribes and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding the Skagit River. Both the RMP and the Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination (PEPD) fail to provide the kind of detailed … Continue reading Comments on National Marine Fisheries Service Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination re: Skagit River Steelhead Fishery Resource Management Plan