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Blog Posts/General News

FWSR’s opposition to proposed Shae Hill launch site

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. 

Klickitat River Clean-up!

Klickitat River Clean-up!

Dear friends, Starting Sunday, November 22nd, grab a trash bag, gloves and your mask to head to your favorite lower Klickitat River site, in your own time, for a DIY river clean-up.  Stroll the Klickitat Trail, check out Mile One Campground (lotsa trash here) head to the falls area to safely collect riverside debris and litter before the fall rains hit.   Note: there is also a lot of trash in the area of Fisher Hill Bridge.  Be safe - Use gloves, masks, and socially distance...

Proposal for private raft access to the White Salmon River in Husum rural center.

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...

Under Canvas MDNS Withdrawn!

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."  

Rewilding the White Salmon River

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

Stunning News from SDS

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...

“Ribbon of Life” Series by Rachel Haymon

The clean, cold, cascading water of the White Salmon River, flowing from Mount Adams glaciers and pristine springs to the Columbia River, supports and attracts a tremendous diversity of flora and fauna. It is the pulsing heart of our local ecosystems. FWSR’s “Ribbon of Life” blog series highlights eyewitness accounts and images of the many delightful species...


The clock is now ticking. Klickitat County has issued their SEPA (State Environmental Protection Act) determination for the Under Canvas project. They have chosen a Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance (MDNS), not okay. It is dated August 27, but they were slow getting it out. Comment and appeal period end on September 18. You can read the MDNS here. The MDNS is based on their review of the applicant’s SEPA checklist [here]. The checklist is long and complicated. We will be posting a...

Under Canvas Updates

FWSR board members made a visit to the proposed Under Canvas site. Read their report.   Klickitat County has issued the SEPA (State Environmental Protection Act) checklist completed by Under Canvas. You can read it here. Fairly soon, the County will follow up with a SEPA determination. This can be a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS), a Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance (MDNS), or a requirement for a full environmental study. Given the County’s history and past...