Washington State Court of Appeals Hearing March 30th!

River People… If you care about keeping the White Salmon free and beautiful clean and cold, we  need you!!  The Washington State Court of Appeals has set the hearing date for the Husum/BZ comprehensive plan for: Monday, March 30, 2015, 10AM   (arrive by 9:30AM) HUDSON’S BAY HIGH SCHOOL, 1601 E McLoughlin Blvd, Vancouver, Wa For those not familiar with the issue, in a nutshell it is: Friends of the White Salmon River and the Friends of the Columbia Gorge challenged in court, Klickitat County’s proposed comprehensive plan for the Husum/BZ area.  The plan would allow rezone of over 1,000 acres of land in the White Salmon River Valley from forest and farm to residential zoning with 1 and 2 acre minimum lot sizes.  We contended the County violated state law in a variety of ways, and we won that argument in Superior Court.  The County then appealed, so now we are at the Court of Appeals. For a short history of the appeal and a map....
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BZ Launch Site Trail Clean-up October 26th

Friend indeed, Steve Stampfli, has offered to lead a trail cleanup on the trail at the BZ launch site on October 26.  This is a beautiful trail up to BZ Falls, and Steve will have lots to tell us about what we will be looking at as we work to make it safe, beautiful, and sustainable.  We value his willingness to lead this project . . . there aren't many who understand this watershed as well as Steve!  Stay tuned on this one....
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Natural History Rafting Trip for FWSR members and guests!

Join us on October 5th for a slow-paced trip through the old lake bed and dam site to the Columbia.   With luck, we'll see salmon and steelhead swimming in some shallow portions of the river, and spawning beds (redds) for the Fall Chinook.  Knowledgeable guides from Zoller's will fill us in on the natural history. "It's like having our very own science project in our front yard," said Mark Zoller, 29 year White Salmon River guide.  "We have such a special opportunity to watch nature re-claim and heal itself over the next several years.  I'm amazed, as is everyone at how quickly the river hastaken control and is proceeding to repair 100 years of blockage." We will experience breath-taking scenery, some fun rapids (Class III), float past the site of Condit Dam, and pass through the Narrows. There is an approximately 200-yard portage around one impassable 'keeper' pool.  If you are concerned about how strenuous this portage is, please contact Zollers. To reserve your seat, call Zoller's...
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White Salmon Riverfest & Symposium is coming up!

In addition to warm weather, summer also brings the White Salmon Riverfest & Symposium to our community each year.  Scheduled this summer for Wednesday July 10th, Husum will be bustling with activities with something for everyone all day long. The event kicks off with the incredibly popular annual community float. This affordable, $20 raft trip is designed for the local community to enjoy the river together.  If you have not had that opportunity before, this fun event is a great way to see why the New York Times mentioned this river as one of 4 “must do’s” in the country for 2013. Reservations for the rafting trip can be made by phone (800.306.1673 / 509.493.8989) or online at www.wetplanetwhitewater.com .  Please note, the trip is intended for folks who live in the area, in the White Salmon valley or the extended Gorge communities.  “We care about the White Salmon River, and appreciate being able to take visitors and neighbors rafting and kayaking...
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Friends of the White Salmon Rafting Trip!

You are invited to join us on June 8th for a special extended raft trip and natural history tour of the White Salmon River! Zoller's Outdoor Odyssey has agreed to provide a natural history tour of the White Salmon River. In addition to a great whitewater adventure, this trip will include additional stops and opportunities to explore the geology, waterfalls, wildlife, and plants of the White Salmon River. This is a great opportunity to learn about the unique natural history of the river through a more intimate river experience. We have hand picked some of the most knowledgeable guides to lead our tour, so don't miss out. Space is limited to 18 members of Friends of the White Salmon River. The trip will cost $55. If you're not a member, we're offering discounted memberships at $15. Sign up soon! When:    Saturday June 8th, 9:00am to 1:30pm Where:   Zoller's Outdoor Odyssey: directions. Cost:      $55 for current members,                $70 for new members Reservations via e-mail:  pat.arnold@friendsofthewhitesalmon.org  ...
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Friends Annual Meeting and Bill Sharp Presentation April 9th, 6:00pm at the White Salmon Library

Join us for our annual membership meeting on April 9th. Friends will be giving a short update on the state of the organization followed by a presentation from Bill Sharp on the status of fish recovery on the White Salmon River. As an extra incentive, we will also have homemade pie by Patty Gray for refreshment! We will be holding a short Board meeting at 5:45, then commence with presentations around 6:00. Pat Arnold will give a brief update on the organization and then Bill Sharp from Yakama Nation Fisheries will provide an update on salmon and steelhead recovery and habitat restoration efforts. Stay tuned for more details in next month's newsletter. If you are interested in getting involved with Friends of the White Salmon River, this will be a great chance to meet our board and learn about volunteer opportunities!...
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Get to Know FWSR and Hear Updates on Salmon Recovery from the Yakama Nation – 6:30pm, Wed. Nov. 14th at the White Salmon Public Library

Get to Know FWSR and Hear Updates on Salmon Recovery from the Yakama Nation - 6:30pm, Wed. Nov. 14th at the White Salmon Public Library   You are invited to get to know FWSR and hear an update on salmon and steelhead recovery on the White Salmon River. Join us to learn more  about the White Salmon River, FWSR's work, and salmon recovery efforts. Bill Sharp, Fisheries Biologist for the Yakama Nation Fisheries will be giving a presentation on salmon and steelhead recovery efforts. Bill will provide an update on salmon and steelhead returns and the plans for restoring fish populations moving forward. Join us for a fun and informative presentation. Friends of the White Salmon River's Board of Directors will also be on hand to discuss the organization's plans, projects, and activities. We will provide an update on ongoing litigation to protect the watershed, efforts to support local residents, and plans for supporting salmon recovery. We look forward to meeting you and building...
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13,000 Years of Northwest Fisheries

Coming this Sunday, October 21st! Virginia Butler, professor of Anthropology at Portland State will present a special program entitled “13,000 Years of Northwest Fisheries, on Sunday, October 21, at 1 p.m. at the Bradford Island Visitor Center on the Oregon shore of Bonneville Dam. Dr. Butler will display fish faunal records from over 75 Columbia Basin archaeological sites to show fish abundance and distribution in the River system.  This 13,000 year record of the geochemistry analysis of the small ear stones of fish from these sites is a basis for determining Native American fish use throughout the centuries Virginia Butler earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia and her PhD in an interdisciplinary program, Paleoichthyology, from the University of Washington.  Her primary interest is zooarchaeology, the study of animal remains from archaeological sites.  Her work shows ways that ancient animal records contribute to conservation biology, which often operates with limited knowledge of long-term biotic history. This program, hosted by the Gorge...
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White Salmon River Homecoming Celebration was a success!

September 29th Homecoming Celebration went off without a hitch! A huge Thank You to all those who helped make the event such a success. Were you unable to attend the festivities? Pat Arnold, President of Friends of the White Salmon delivered these remarks: "We’ll start with a big thank you to all of you for being here, to River Drifters for saving our bacon at the last minute, to Jaco Klinkenberg, Margaret Neuman, Jeanette Burkhardt, and Susan Hollingsworth for their awe-inspiring competence, intelligence and good humor. This event had to happen, but it took these amazing women and the organizations and people that support them to make it happen. I also want to offer a shout-out to Todd Olson and Russ Howison of PacifiCorp who have worked hard and effectively on the dam removal process. Todd in particular has been great to watch as he threaded his way through or around or over numerous barriers in the road, with unflappable good humor and straight talk. Don’t be strangers, guys. There are...
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