FWSR Files Appeal

The FWSR Board has filed its first appeal of a land use action to Superior Court. All prior FWSR appeals have been administrative appeals through the Klickitat County Planning Department and County Commissioner process. For Immediate Release. January 13, 2011 Trout Lake, Washington - Friends of the White Salmon River (FWSR), a non-profit conservation group based in Klickitat County, has filed suit in Superior Court to challenge Klickitat County's approval of a subdivision on an 83.5 acre parcel in the White Salmon River watershed. The subdivision is occurring in an area zoned for resource land use and which has a threatened population of western gray squirrels. The suit alleges that the County failed to demonstrate that there was any "public need" for additional rural subdivisions that would justify development of high quality farm and forest land. It also claims that the County ignored cumulative impacts from the developers' plans...
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Developer fined for cutting down trees in shoreline buffer.

The Greenstone Development Co. and owner Jim Frank have been fined $15,000 by the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) for cutting down a large number of mature cottonwood trees on the shorelands in Spokane County.Shoreline master programs are the cornerstone of the state Shoreline Management Act passed by voters in 1972. The programs help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and reduce interference with the public’s access to public waters and shorelines. http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2010news/2010-336.html Note: FWSR sees shorelines management/compliance as a priority to maintain White Salmon River aquatic habitat and recreational quality, which can lead to fines for noncompliance, and we are working to increase local understanding. ...
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