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Climate Change Effects the Pacific Northwest

Climate change effects — among them, increasing wildfires, disease outbreak and drought — are taking a toll on the Northwest, and what’s to come will threaten and transform our way of life from the salmon streams to ski slopes, according to a new federal climate assessment released Friday. The 1,000-plus-page report, produced by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is the most comprehensive evaluation to date of climate change effects on the nation’s economy, human health, agriculture and environment. Thirteen federal agencies contributed to the report, which was required to be published by Congress. The federal report’s stark, direct...

Quinaults Can Regulate Water Quality

The Quinault Indian Nation can now regulate water quality on bodies of water within the reservation under a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency action that provides the tribe with the same authority under the Clean Water Act as the state of Washington. The EPA last week approved a Quinault request to assume responsibilities of the Clean Water Act’s Water Quality Standards and Certification programs. “Specifically, this approval will enable the QIN to establish the regulatory and scientific foundation for protecting water quality by setting water quality goals and standards for the surface water bodies within the reservation,” the EPA...

Quinault Officials Skeptical of Chehalis River Dam

A month-long “scoping” period began Friday as state and federal regulators develop a framework for what will be examined in a pair of environmental impact statements on a proposal to build a dam to control flooding in the Chehalis River basin. The scoping process is to get public comment on the breadth of the environmental review. The Quinault Indian Nation immediately submitted a series of questions and concerns about the proposed Chehalis River dam, including how much it would cost, who will pay for it and “who will benefit from the dam and who won’t?” Chehalis River Dam Bad...

Governor Inslee Announces Agreement to Boost Salmon

Governor Inslee announced yesterday that representatives from the United States and Canada have agreed to recommend their governments approve new coast-wide fishing agreements under the Pacific Salmon Treaty. The agreement outlines each nation’s fishery management plans for Chinook, coho and chum stocks from 2019 to 2028. If approved, the treaty will result in more salmon returning to Washington and Oregon waters, where many populations are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. Governor Inslee Says This Step Comes at a Crucial Time “This step comes at a crucial time as we continue to see declines in Chinook...

WDFW Authorizes Transfer of Atlantic Salmon into Net Pens

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 800,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company’s hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to existing net-pen facilities in Puget Sound. WDFW issued the fish transport permit this week after working to ensure Cooke had met all of the state’s requirements for fish health. Earlier this year, state lawmakers passed legislation to phase out Atlantic salmon net pen operations in Puget Sound as soon as 2022. Cooke is continuing its operations in the meantime. On Aug. 2, Cooke submitted applications to move a total of 800,000 1-year-old...

Emily Zimri Shout Out!

Good Morning, My name is Hannah Zimri, I wanted to send you a quick note letting you know how how much my daughter Emily learned on your page, http://qlandandwater.org/departments/fisheries/marine-resources/ . She has been at summer camp the last few weeks, and she came home with a new passion for environmentalism and combating pollution. They had been doing some cleanups and education about pollution, and learning about the terrible pollution in our oceans really struck a nerve with her. Emily has been doing quite a bit of research at home and learning more about efforts to combat this tragedy- She...

More Tree Health Issues Across the State

As the seasons change and the weather warms, DNR Forest Health staff tend to get more inquiries about tree health issues across the state. Some issues such as root diseases or Douglas-fir bark beetle mortality are relatively common, while others are less common but equally attention-getting. The latter includes red and dead branches, red and newly dead trees, and impacts on trees of various ages and sizes. A couple of issues in two of our most common tree species have emerged this year, including western hemlock defoliation and mortality, and tip dieback in Douglas-fir. You may have seen some...

State Must Replace Hundreds of Culverts to Save Salmon Habitats

In order to save Salmon habitats, Washington taxpayers face a bill of some $2.4 billion to repair hundreds of culverts over the next 11 years as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision Monday. Divided 4-4 with Justice Anthony Kennedy not participating, the tie lets stand a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state was violating a series of tribal treaties with culverts that block salmon coming from and going to spawning grounds. Gov. Jay Inslee said the ruling brings “finality” to the long-running battle, and hopes various groups can work together to...

Trees May Have a Heartbeat

It seems like every day we’re learning something new about how plants, trees and people aren’t so different. We’ve already told you about how plants can hear when they are being eaten, and how grass screams every time you cut it. Now, it turns out trees seem to have a heartbeat, and they don’t even have hearts. Trees Still, My Beating Heart There is a certain rhythm to life. Humans tend to wake up in the morning and go back to sleep at night based on a cycle we call a circadian rhythm. Other patterns, like your digestive cycle and the rhythm of...

Quinault To Host 42nd National Indian Timber Symposium

The Quinault Indian Nation is pleased to be hosting the 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium in Ocean Shores, WA. The symposium will be held June 4-7, 2018 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. The theme for the Symposium is “Forests: Our Heritage from the Past, Our Legacy to the Future“. The Monday Pre-Symposium Workshops, Conference, Registration and Monday Host Icebreaker will be held at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. The Tuesday Host Tribe Dinner, Wednesday General Membership Meeting and Thursday Annual Awards Banquet will be located at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Quinault has a long-standing relationship...