News/Alerts

It’s all in the timing, folks.
The latest issue updates and alerts are posted below in chronological order.         
The following links will take you to updates of the specific issue you care about:

UNDER CANVAS        SDS UPDATES        PRIVATE BOAT LAUNCH IN HUSUM        FUNDRAISING FOR FISH RESEARCH

And enjoy the Ribbon of Life Series by Rachel Haymon 

Take the Money and Run!!!

The brochure promoting the sale of SDS Lumber (https://friendsofthewhitesalmon.org/wp-content/uploads/Project-Steelhead_Teaser.pdf) is slick and impressive. Deceitfully calling the sale “Project Steelhead,” the brochure was produced by an up-and-coming Wall Street player, Perella Weinberg Partners, (P/W/P). None of the Friends’ list of 13 environmental and community concerns and values (https://friendsofthewhitesalmon.org/2021/02/pending-sds-land-sale/) is addressed or supported...

RESPONSE by Friends of White Salmon to SDS “Project Steelhead”

Pat Arnold, on behalf of Friends of White Salmon, has submitted the following response to SDS's "Project Steelhead" solicitation:   Friends of the White Salmon River friends@friendsofthewhitesalmon.org Statement on SDS sale opening brochure May 4, 2021 “Project Steelhead” reads the headline on the glossy brochure announcing the opening of the sale of SDS. Perella Weinberg Partners, (P/W/P) a large international investment advisory firm, based in New York City, prepared this document...

Project Steelhead – Teaser

Perella Weinberg Partners (“PWP”), a company comprised of partners and analysts from New York, is advising on the sale of SDS.  They have created and are circulating an attractive, colorful, glossy introductory brochure entitled Project Steelhead - Summary Overview, outlining key investment highlights -- a feathered lure, so to speak --   for those interested in the opportunity to invest.  

Outfitter Guide Special Use Permit Reissued

On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Forest Service, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, announced their proposal to reissue 10-year permits to existing permit holders who offer whitewater boating services for both the White Salmon and Klickitat Rivers.  The proposal will also establish a Temporary Use Pool of 500 service days on the White Salmon and will increase the Klickitat River Temporary Use Pool from 200 to 300 service days.  The eight-page Decision Memo includes the historical...

Community awareness of impact of SDS sale

As SDS prepares to sell their corporate assets, local community groups, including Friends of the White Salmon, are engaging the community to bring "about awareness of the potential impacts the sale could have on the Gorge region." The March 2, 2021, Columbia Gorge News article by Jacob Bertram outlines many of these concerns.   How the assets are sold and to whom they are sold could impact the community economically as well as have negative impacts on timberland and critical habit...

Under Canvas Update

Under Canvas update. It is my understanding that on Friday two appeals of the SEPA determination were filed. FWSR filed comments, which we will post on the website, but it takes lawyers to file SEPA appeals, and it's great news that Under Canvas opponents could get that done. The response from Under Canvas and the County will probably be a while. They could withdraw this SEPA and try again, or call for a full environmental assessment, or they could decide to litigate the appeal. Stay tuned.

Revised MDNS issued for Under Canvas

On December 25, 2020, Klickitat County issued a revised Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance for the Under Canvas Project. You can read the MDNS on our website here Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance.  If you want more information, including all comments submitted on the original MDNS last fall, you can read them on the County website here.  https://www.klickitatcounty.org/1261/Under-Canvas     You will find all documents, including the CUP...

SDS Mill and Timberland to be sold!

Rumors in the fall of 2019 that SDS was going to sell its mill in Bingen, Washington, and/or its 101,000 acres of timberland were confirmed by their press release on September 21, 2020.   Beginning September 30, 2020, Sandra DeMent wrote a series of articles printed in The Goldendale Sentinel providing an informative historical background of the company and tentative proposals for its future. An interview with the new CEO, covered in the  December...

Alert: Under Canvas Reissuance!!

Under Canvas, withdrew its application to develop a 95-tent luxury "glamping" site in October to address comments and issues. It has now resubmitted revised/updated applications, SEPA checklist and special reports to the Klickitat County Planning Department. On December 15, 2020, the Planning Department determined that the revised Environmental Checklist was substantially complete, and SEP2020-21 has been re-issued as a Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance.  Written comments must...