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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.     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."  

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...