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State agency seeks input on public transportation plan

Thanks to a coordinated planning effort, the next 20 years of transportation statewide are beginning to take shape. Now, it’s the public’s turn to help influence the future of multimodal transportation in Washington state.   Released Wednesday, Oct. 21, by the Washington State Department of Transportation, the draft Washington State Public Transportation Plan aims to […]

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  • BLM RMP for OR

    U.S. Bureau of Land Management releases draft management plan for Western Oregon

    Today the Bureau of Land Management announced the release of draft alternatives for the future management of 2.5 million acres of BLM-administered lands in western Oregon to better achieve social, economic and ecological objectives. Five alternatives are detailed in the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for western Oregon, which is available online […]

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  • Reynolds Metals Aluminum Smelter Longview

    Cleanup of former Reynolds smelter site hits milestone

    A recently completed draft environmental study details the extent of contamination and potential cleanup options for the former Reynolds aluminum smelter site near Longview. Most of the contamination found at the site is associated with waste left behind from decades of aluminum production. Elevated levels of fluoride and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were found in soil, along […]

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  • WDFW: Commission seeks comment on options for Grays Harbor salmon management

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will accept public comments during a meeting scheduled Dec. 6-7 in Olympia on draft policy options for managing salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor.

    Also at the two-day meeting, the public will have an opportunity to comment on proposals that would increase the daily catch limit for walleye on the San Poil River and prohibit the use of internal combustion motors while fishing on a portion of the Naselle River.

    The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. both days.

    An agenda for the meeting is available at

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  • Public meetings scheduled to discuss Grays Harbor salmon management

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled eight public meetings this fall and winter to discuss and develop a new draft policy for managing salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor.

    The public meetings are part of a nearly five-month process to develop the new draft policy specifically for Grays Harbor salmon management. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for WDFW, is scheduled to consider adopting the draft policy in mid-February.

    Salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor are currently managed under a framework that was initially developed in 2007, in conjunction with the commission’s North of Falcon policy, said Ron Warren, regional fish program manager for WDFW.

    “We would like to further refine the management of Grays Harbor salmon fisheries to help ensure we can meet spawning goals for wild salmon returning to the basin, as well as give anglers and commercial fishers a clearer picture of what fishing opportunities they can expect each year,” Warren said.

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  • Crude by rail in Washington State

    Public invited to comment on oil transportation study

    The public is invited to provide feedback on a preliminary study assessing risks associated with increased transportation of oil through Washington state. Public meetings are scheduled next week in Spokane and Olympia to accept comments regarding the study and recommendations.   The Marine & Rail Oil Transport Study: Preliminary Findings & Recommendations, released Oct. 1, […]

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  • WDFW Commission approves land purchases for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved the purchase of a 5,497-acre property 35 miles northwest of Yakima that provides prime habitat for elk, northern spotted owls, bull trout and other native species.

    Also approved was a separate purchase by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to add a 598-acre property to the state’s Wenas Wildlife Area in Yakima County.

    The commission, a citizen board that sets policy for WDFW, approved both acquisitions during a public meeting Nov. 8-9 in Olympia, where members also heard public comments on a proposed management plan for Grays Harbor salmon fisheries.

    Commission Chair Miranda Wecker of Naselle commended the Nature Conservancy and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – the two non-profit organizations that offered the properties for sale – for their dedication to wildlife conservation.

    “We applaud you for securing these properties for the public, and for the stewardship your organizations provide for lands under your care,” she told representatives of those groups who attended the meeting.

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