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.

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.