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 

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...

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."