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Warm waters off West Coast has lingering effects for salmon

SEATTLE (AP) — The mass of warm water known as “the blob” that heated up the North Pacific Ocean has dissipated, but scientists are still seeing the lingering effects of those unusually warm sea surface temperatures on Pacific Northwest salmon and steelhead. Federal research surveys this summer caught among the lowest numbers of juvenile coho and Chinook salmon in 20 years, suggesting that many fish did not survive their first months at sea. Scientists warn that salmon fisheries may face hard times in the next few years. Fisheries managers also worry about below average runs of steelhead returning to...

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion on fire protection while battling forest fires around the country — a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire seasons. Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including 21 fires in Montana and 18 in Oregon. In all, 48,607 wildfires have burned nearly 13,000 square miles (33,586 square kilometers). The fires have stretched firefighting resources, destroyed more than 500 homes and triggered health alerts as choking smoke drifted...

Fish and Wildlife Commission Takes Action on Protective Status of 8 Species

September 12, 2017 The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action on the protective status of yellow-billed cuckoos, loggerhead sea turtles, fishers and five whale species at its Sept. 8-9 meeting in Port Angeles. The commission is a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. During the meeting, commissioners agreed to list yellow-billed cuckoos as an endangered species in Washington and elevate the level of state protection for loggerhead sea turtles from threatened to endangered. In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distinguished the cuckoo in western North America...

From Seed to Tree: How We Restore Forests

From the National Forest Foundation August 9, 2017 Category: Trees by Wes Swaffar The National Forest Foundation receives generous donations from individuals, small businesses and corporations to support tree planting on our National Forests. We work closely with the U.S. Forest Service to complete these important projects. So what happens when a partner like Boxed Water gives us a call and says they’d like to plant 1 million trees over five years? Learn how we go from seeds to trees below. AREA AND DESIGN Each reforestation project has a specific purpose. Wildfire commonly creates a lot of reforestation need, particularly in the...

Washington DNR Bans All Outdoor Burning

With multiple fires burning on the landscape and communities suffering from dense layers of smoke, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has expanded its burn ban to cover the entire state. “Wildfire and smoke is affecting every community around the state as we see the hot, dry summer take its toll on our forests,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz. “Without any relief from this weather in the foreseeable future and with our firefighters spread across the Northwest, we can no longer allow outdoor burning anywhere in Washington.” The Washington State Department of Natural Resources has...

WDFW Commission to Consider Listing Status of 8 Species at Meeting

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take action on the protective status of yellow-billed cuckoos, loggerhead sea turtles, fishers and five whale species at a public meeting Sept. 8-9 in Port Angeles. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will convene both days at 8 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., in Port Angeles. A complete agenda is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html. During the meeting, commissioners will consider WDFW’s recommendation to list yellow-billed cuckoos as an endangered species in Washington and elevate...

Cleanup of collapsed fish pens removes 120,000 farmed salmon

Need a good excuse to spend the day fishing? The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has you covered. On Aug. 19, an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 10-pound farmed Atlantic salmon escaped into the waters of Puget Sound after a pen holding some 305,000 of the species suffered a structural failure. In an effort to protect native species, WDFW officials are urging everyone to hit the water and catch as many of the escaped salmon as possible. Despite Warren’s assurances that the species poses no threat to native fish populations, he doesn’t want to take any chances. Thousands...

State Officials Warn of Increased Wildfire Risks

With the Labor Day holiday weekend fast approaching, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging everyone to please take responsibility for their actions when playing or working outdoors. The fire danger rating for Grays Harbor County is High. Effective 12:01 A.M. Friday, July 14th, 2017, The Grays Harbor County Fire Marshals’ Office, Fire Districts and Fire Departments will be enacting restrictions on outdoor burning. All residential burning, along with land clearing burning will be prohibited in Grays Harbor until further notice. Statewide: Effective August 2, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. fire restrictions are enacted on all DNR protected...

Lummi Battle Atlantic Salmon Spill

Still from video showing the broken pens of 300,000 Atlantic salmon that escaped from a fish farm off Cypress Island in Washington State. Lummi Nation in state of emergency after 300,000 Atlantic salmon breach Cooke Aquaculture farm pen Daniel Mesec • August 28, 2017 The Lummi Nation, the third largest tribe in Washington State, is in a state of emergency following the structural collapse of the Cooke Aquaculture open net-pen facility near Puget Sound. The breach released more than 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon into Pacific waters, adjacent to Cypress Island, just east of the Canadian border near Victoria B.C. State officials...

This is the Pacific Atlantic Salmon Not Wanted Here

TAHOLAH, WA (8/28/17)– The Quinault Indian Nation supports Governor Jay Inslee’s ban on new net pens until investigated and the establishment of an ‘incident command’ team of state agencies in the wake of the disastrous escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon near Cypress Island. However, the Tribe is making two demands: The focus of the effort must include the ocean and rivers that connect with the ocean, as well as Puget Sound; As co-managers of the salmon resource, affected tribal governments must be factored into and fully considered in any related decision making. “The problem is not excluded to...