Both the citizen panel’s members homepage and an agenda for their April 3 conference call that was emailed out yesterday morning show her name and current term through 2018 listed alongside those of two new members, Chelan fishing writer Dave Graybill and Spokane birdwatcher Kim Thorburn.
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You may not believe the catch numbers coming out of Columbia Fishery Control, but salmon managers pushed out some other interesting factoids on this year’s run so far.
“Effort increased quite a bit on the lower Columbia last week, but the catch rate dropped in the rising river,” says Tanna Takata of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The governor’s office and WDFW are confirming a report this afternoon that two new members will join the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission while a longtime leader on the panel is resigning.
“In addition to some great halibut fishing, anglers can look forward to more opportunities to target bottomfish in Westport, Neah Bay and La Push,” Reed said.
It includes another $4 million for WDFW’s 4-O Ranch acquisition in the southeastern Blue Mountains, $3 million for 2,700 acres of a 22,000-acre tract of private timberland in the eastern Simcoe Mountains of Klickitat County, and more.
There has been a strong showing of late winter run hatchery steelhead on the Cowlitz to date. The hatchery brood stock goal is expected to be met.
With its initial wolf advisory group breaking down last year, WDFW hired an outside consultant to talk with any and everyone even tangentially related to wolves in Washington.
Between the start of the current fiscal biennium, which began in July 2013, and December 31, 2014, WDFW has spent on the order of $680,000 on counting, hanging trail cams and GPS collars, and otherwise monitoring the population.
“The solutions that have been tried in Idaho, Montana and other areas aren’t necessarily appropriate for here in Washington, and we’re going to have to find our own ways to manage wolves. And I think we’re on the track to do that.”