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

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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

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Grays Harbor PUD receives 14th consecutive clean audit from state

An examination by the Washington State Auditor has produced a 14th consecutive clean audit for the Grays Harbor PUD.

In the Exit Conference held on Monday, representatives of the Washington

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WDFW schedules public meetings on plans to survey public and private beaches

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will host meetings in June to discuss plans to survey public and private beaches around south Puget Sound for forage fish habitat.

Beginning

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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 http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/.

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.

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.

State appeals court vacates Grays Harbor Superior Court ruling

SHELTON, Wash. - The Washington State Appeals court has overturned a ruling by the Grays Harbor County Superior Court, vindicating the Mason County Board of Commissioners.

Earlier this summer the nonprofit group Advocates for Responsible Government sued the board over their extension of a solid waste transportation contract with Regional Disposal Company.
The original ruling stated that not only had they wrongly renewed the contract, they had violated the Open Public Meetings Act of 1971.
Finding that the Advocates lacked standing to sue the county over that violation, the appeals court vacated the judgement entirely.