Friends of White Salmon River has submitted its detailed comments in opposition to the Klickitat County Planning Commission regarding the Shae Hill proposed launch site (Shae Hill CUP SH2020-02). The letter in its entirety may be read here.
The project will replace an existing 36” wide trail and steps with a path wide enough to accommodate passage of a raft. The new path will probably be paved with concrete. FWSR will submit a short SEPA comment and a longer general comment.
The SEPA comment deadline is November 13, 2020.
General Comment Deadline is November 30, 2020. Written comments relating to the Shoreline Conditional Use Application will be accepted until the time of a public hearing before the Klickitat County Planning Commission. Any comments received will be entered into the record. (Read Shae Hill Proposal here.)
Project description from JARPA: The proposal is to upgrade a small 36″ wide existing gravel trail that goes in the direction the river flows. This trail starts at the top of the earthen shelf and descends west to the bedrock, then currently turns due south for the final few feet with steps. The total drop is approximately 9 feet. The purpose of the trail is to provide and facilitate raft ingress/egress to the White Salmon River, which, due to the stairs, we cannot currently put our raft into or take it out of the river on our property. This is a private use and will not have any commercial aspect. Given the particular slope of the area and overhead fir trees, the path will be straightened and excavated using hand tools. There will be no fill deposited below the present earthen shelf. In the process, the existing wood-reinforced stairs where the path turns south will be removed and replanted with native bushes to further stabilize the earthen shelf (please see the attached replanting plan). The path would then be paved with brown dyed concrete and /or paver stones to safely access the river for ingress and egress.
On October 20, 2020, Klickitat County Planning Department forwarded a Notice of Withdrawal of the Preliminary Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance in regard to the 118-acre proposed Under Canvas luxury camping site in Husum. “A new SEPA threshold determination will be issued after review of the pertinent information.”
Attached is an excellent review of research and findings to date of the state of wild fish since the dam removal. Please take the time to read the September 2020 issue of The Osprey
Stunning news from SDS this week. A press release on September 21 says ““Under the leadership of the board, SDS will evaluate its options, including a sale of the mill and timberland businesses. “
If the mill and timber business go away, what is left for the land?
The press release also announces major changes in the composition of the SDS board, including the addition of “Sandy McDade, who joins as board chair and who spent 34 years at Weyerhaeuser, including as senior vice president and general counsel; Bill Brown, former president of Green Diamond Resource Company and chief financial officer of Plum Creek Timber Company; and Clyde Hamstreet, founder of the business consultancy Hamstreet & Associates.”
Hamstreet’s website describes the company this way. “Hamstreet & Associates works with troubled companies to manage crisis and improve financial results. We specialize in evaluating the core issues, finding solutions, and helping our clients respond effectively.”
We have been hearing for months that something like this was coming as a result of family member (shareholder) disagreements over how much income was being generated by the company. Obviously, one way to generate more income with less hassle is to get into the real estate business, particularly residential real estate. This is a scary prospect for the White Salmon River.
The time has come to ramp up our activity around the Spring Creek parcels and all the parcels in the Wild & Scenic Management Boundary. The opportunity to save these parcels may be gone soon.