Outfitters’ Licensing Renewal

 

FWSR, along with many others,  received notification from the Forest Service on April 27 about renewal of outfitters permits.  We are working on a response.  We think the proposed action, to simply renew the existing permits, is not okay.  Here is a link to a map of the W&S segments of the two rivers.   You can contact us at friends@friendsofthewhitesalmon.org if you have questions or opinions.

A couple weeks ago, we posted the Scoping Letter sent by the US Forest Service regarding Outfitter Permits.

We have filed our comment letter, asking for more examination of the other Outstandingly Remarkable Values and for consideration of a system of daily limits, to be phased in slowly over the next several years. The FWSR comment letter can be read in full here:  FWSR.Response.Outfitter.Permits.Scoping.May2020-1.

 

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Friends of the White Salmon River
Friends of the White Salmon River
Klickitat County Sherriff Songer has taken it upon himself to authorize hound hunting (and killing) of cougars here. A total of 27 cougars had been killed by the end of July 2021, so this averages out to over one cougar kill per month for two years. A full
70% of the cougars that have been killed under the sheriff's program were dispatched simply for having been seen, or for killing deer.
If the average hunter harvest from 2017-2019 is applied to the past 24 months, at least 43 cougars are likely to have been killed in Klickitat County over two years, and this is not counting killings that go unreported. The stable adult population of the county was estimated by WDFW to be no more than 50 in 2016. 43 would be equivalent to 86% of a maximum resident cougar population.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss the cougar situation in Klickitat County at their meeting on Thursday, December 2. No public input then, but open public input on Friday, December 3, starting around 8:30 AM. To speak at that meeting you have to preregister. Here's the info for the committee meeting.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - Committee Meetings
8:00 AM
Wildlife Committee Meeting – Commissioners Thorburn, Smith, Anderson, Linville
Location: Zoom Link (https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82711306535)
Join by telephone: 1-253-215-8782 or 1-888-475-4499 (Toll Free) Webinar ID: 827-1130-6535
Agenda topics:
- Blue Mountains Elk Herd At-Risk Assessment
- Klickitat County Cougars Update
Friends of the White Salmon River
Friends of the White Salmon River
Bad, really bad, news emerging for SDS employees at the mill. Also, the local purchase option shut down. Follow on a post on White Salmon Happenings. I don't know how to link to the actual post, but go find it. And SDS and WKO both still having ads in the paper saying they are hiring.
Friends of the White Salmon River
Friends of the White Salmon River
The SDS sale is complete. Apparently the drinking water watershed for The Dalles will be protected, but other than that, without a map it's hard to evaluate this news. More waiting. https://www.conservationfund.org/impact/press-releases/2606-columbia-gorge-forest-purchase

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