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 

Twin Creeks Timber, The Conservation Fund and WKO to Acquire SDS Lumber and Timber Companies

Twin Creeks Timber, The Conservation Fund and WKO to Acquire SDS Lumber and Timber Companies

The acquiring entities bring Northwest connections and deep expertise in timberlands, forest conservation and mill operations BINGEN, Wash., Sept. 30, 2021 – A consortium of three entities – Seattle-based Twin Creeks Timber, LLC, The Conservation Fund, and Carson, Washington-based WKO, Inc. – have agreed to acquire SDS Lumber and Timber Companies. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021. Included in the transaction are the lumber and plywood mills, associated assets...

SDS and Timber lands SOLD!!!

Big News!!!   Today, on September 30, 2021, "A consortium of three entities – Seattle-based Twin Creeks Timber, LLC, The Conservation Fund, and Carson, Washington-based WKO, Inc. – have agreed to acquire SDS Lumber and Timber Companies. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021."   Read the full announcement here. 

SEPA and CUP DECISIONS ON UNDER CANVAS

The Klickitat County Hearings Examiner has released its findings of fact, conclusions of law, and decision on the Under Canvas SEPA appeal.  Further, it has released its conditions of approval for the Under Canvas project.  Neither decision was favorable to the oppositional stance of Friends of the White Salmon River!

Under Canvas Hearing Alert

Come have your voice be heard!!!  The hearing on the Conditional Use Permit for Under Canvas is scheduled for July 30.  The public notice and details of how to participate in the Zoom hearing can be found here https://www.klickitatcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/10641/UC-Notice-of-Continued-Public-Hearing Comments are important.  Comments are limited to three minutes, and you must register with the Klickitat County Planning Department before July 28. ...

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...