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Mar
10
Thu
West End Steelhead Community Discussion @ Rainforest Arts Center
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

WestEnd Steelhead Community Discussion

West End Steelhead Community Discussion

The City of Forks is inviting the West End Community to come and participate in an initial community discussion regarding the Community’s perception on the importance of Steelhead on the West End. This Meeting will be held on Thursday, 10 March, 2016 at the Rainforest Arts Center at 35 North Forks Ave. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 3 p.m.

It is hoped that anglers, guides, business owners, river enthusiasts, and interested citizens could discuss what wild life and hatchery steelhead mean to the West End Community. The meeting will start with opening comments from the City, and from the invited co-managers of the Quileute Natural Resources, Hoh National Resources and Washington State Fish and Wildlife. After those brief presentations, the participants will engage in a facilitated discussion on what role steelhead play in the region, their importance, and their iconic nature. Participants will be asked to work in a small groups as well to help develop a list of information  that is needed to better under the current status of steelhead in the West End, as well as work to determine who be best to pursue addressing those data gaps. Finally, possibly highlighting the need for another community discussion, there will be the start, of identifying things that could help West End Steelhead.

No host refreshments will be available during the event

For further information, or questions, please contact Rod Fleck, City Attorney/ planner at http://rodf.forks@forkswashington.org

Or at 360-374-5412. Individuals in need of accommodating services in order to participate should contact Mr. Fleck in advance of the meeting so such services may be made available.

Apr
7
Thu
Ocean Area 3, Salmon Season Meeting @ Pacific Pizza
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm

Meeting for Ocean Salmon Season Options

Ocean Area 3, Salmon Season Meeting

Hello Ocean Fisherman and Community,

Need all your help, making notice to all those interested. Will be

conducting a meeting to hear and report on the Ocean Salmon Season Options

that are out for public comment. There will be time for discussion on any

other Groundfish or Halibut topics people want to comment on.

Please click here for more information.

Meeting to be held at:

Pacific Pizza

870 S Forks Ave

Forks, WA

On Thursday, April 7, at 6pm

Please come out, give comment.

Spread the word.

Oct
1
Sat
Last Chance Salmon Derby (cancelled for 2016)
Oct 1 all-day

Last Chance Salmon Derby

2016 LAST CHANCE SALMON DERBY has been cancelled.

Salmon fishing seasons for Washington’s ocean waters and the Columbia River were adopted during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) annual meeting and included a large reduction in salmon quota and the season being limited to July 1 -August 21 (or earlier if the catch quota is met) for Area 3 – La Push. Therefore, the annual Last Chance Salmon Derby normally held the first weekend in October in La Push will not take place in 2016.

We appreciate your continued support and hope to pick back up in 2017!

See press release for more detailed information from WDFW here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/apr1516a/

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Last Chance Salmon Derby!

 

Oct
2
Sun
Last Chance Salmon Derby (cancelled for 2016)
Oct 2 all-day

Last Chance Salmon Derby

2016 LAST CHANCE SALMON DERBY has been cancelled.

Salmon fishing seasons for Washington’s ocean waters and the Columbia River were adopted during the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) annual meeting and included a large reduction in salmon quota and the season being limited to July 1 -August 21 (or earlier if the catch quota is met) for Area 3 – La Push. Therefore, the annual Last Chance Salmon Derby normally held the first weekend in October in La Push will not take place in 2016.

We appreciate your continued support and hope to pick back up in 2017!

See press release for more detailed information from WDFW here: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/apr1516a/

We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Last Chance Salmon Derby!

 

Jan
8
Sun
Razor Clam Dig Open @ Kalaloch Beach
Jan 8 @ 12:00 pm

razor clam dig

Razor Clam Dig at Kalaloch Beach

Clam diggers have a green light to proceed with a razor clam dig Jan. 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Kalaloch are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any open beach before noon.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW, noted this is the first razor clam opening at Kalaloch since 2012. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach hasn’t been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams.

“Diggers can expect to see smaller clams at Kalaloch as compared to other beaches, but we expect most folks will be pleased to have a chance to dig there,” Ayres said. “We’re looking forward to announcing additional digs at Kalaloch in the coming months.”

The upcoming dig at Kalaloch is approved on the following dates and low tides:

Jan. 8, 2017, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Kalaloch
Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Kalaloch

Jan
9
Mon
Razor Clam Dig Open @ Kalaloch Beach
Jan 9 @ 12:00 pm

razor clam dig

Razor Clam Dig at Kalaloch Beach

Clam diggers have a green light to proceed with a razor clam dig Jan. 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Kalaloch are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any open beach before noon.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW, noted this is the first razor clam opening at Kalaloch since 2012. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach hasn’t been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams.

“Diggers can expect to see smaller clams at Kalaloch as compared to other beaches, but we expect most folks will be pleased to have a chance to dig there,” Ayres said. “We’re looking forward to announcing additional digs at Kalaloch in the coming months.”

The upcoming dig at Kalaloch is approved on the following dates and low tides:

Jan. 8, 2017, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Kalaloch
Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Kalaloch

Oct
25
Wed
Department of Fish and Wildlife, Management of the State’s Salmon and Steelhead Fishing Guide Industry @ Rainforest Arts Center
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

fish and Wildlife

Department of Fish and Wildlife, Management of the State’s Salmon and Steelhead Fishing Guide Industry

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled a public meeting on the management of the state’s salmon and steelhead fishing guide industry in Forks on Wednesday.

The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rainforest Arts Center, 35 N. Forks Ave.

Fish and Wildlife representatives will discuss current management and take suggestions for potential regulatory changes for the fishing guide industry.

During the 2017 legislative session, the Legislature directed Fish and Wildlife to hold meetings to explore alternative structures for guide licensing.

The states objectives are, according to Fish and Wildlife, to improve the fishing experience and ensure equitable opportunity for both guided and non-guided river anglers, manage fishing pressure to protect wild steelhead and other species, and ensure that recreational fish guiding remains a sustainable economic contributor to rural economies.

Fish and Wildlife also is working with a contractor to develop and conduct a survey to capture feedback from those who cannot attend a meeting in person.

The department will provide a summary of its findings to the Legislature by the end of the year.

For more information, see wdfw.wa.gov.

Nov
2
Thu
Public Hearing: Proposed Clallam County Shoreline Master Program (SMP) @ Sekiu Community Center
Nov 2 @ 6:00 pm

 

smp

Proposed Clallam County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

SUMMARY:  The SMP addresses compliance with the state Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58, and state SMP Update Guidelines (WAC 173-26).  It includes goals and policies, regulations for new development and uses, and administrative procedures (e.g., permit process). 

AREAS SUBJECT TO SMP:  The SMP applies to all marine waters, reaches of rivers and streams where the mean annual flow is more than 20 cubic feet per second, and lakes and reservoirs 20 acres or greater in size that are under the jurisdiction of Clallam County and to lands adjacent to these water bodies (together with lands underlying them) extending landward 200 feet in all directions from the ordinary high water mark; floodways and contiguous floodplain areas landward 200 feet from such floodways; and associated wetlands and river deltas.  To consolidate regulations, the proposed SMP also includes the full extent of the mapped 100-year floodplain and land necessary for buffers to protect critical areas as defined in RCW 36.70A that are overlapping or otherwise coincident with the shoreline jurisdiction as allowed pursuant to RCW 90.58.030(2)(d)(i,ii). The City of Forks is also considering the SMP for rivers inside the city limits. Maps showing the approximate lateral extent of the shoreline jurisdiction and proposed shoreline environmental designations are found in Exhibit A-Shoreline Maps of the proposed SMP.

SMP DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION: The Draft SMP—Planning Commission Recommendation (September 2017) is available for review at the Department of Community Development in the Clallam County Courthouse and on the County‘s SMP Update web page at:  http://www.clallam.net/LandUse/SMP.html

The existing 1976 SMP (last amended 1992) and related administrative procedures in Chapter 35.01 CCC, Shoreline Management; supporting SMP Update documents including, but not limited to Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Reports, Shoreline Restoration Plan, Cumulative Impacts Analysis and No Net Loss Report, and Consistency Review Report; and other information are also available at the Department and on the County SMP Update website.  For questions, contact the Department at 360-417-2420. 

Nov
6
Mon
Public Hearing: Proposed Clallam County Shoreline Master Program (SMP) @ Rainforest Arts Center
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm

 

smp

Proposed Clallam County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

SUMMARY: The SMP addresses compliance with the state Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58, and state SMP Update Guidelines (WAC 173-26). It includes goals and policies, regulations for new development and uses, and administrative procedures (e.g., permit process).

AREAS SUBJECT TO SMP: The SMP applies to all marine waters, reaches of rivers and streams where the mean annual flow is more than 20 cubic feet per second, and lakes and reservoirs 20 acres or greater in size that are under the jurisdiction of Clallam County and to lands adjacent to these water bodies (together with lands underlying them) extending landward 200 feet in all directions from the ordinary high water mark; floodways and contiguous floodplain areas landward 200 feet from such floodways; and associated wetlands and river deltas. To consolidate regulations, the proposed SMP also includes the full extent of the mapped 100-year floodplain and land necessary for buffers to protect critical areas as defined in RCW 36.70A that are overlapping or otherwise coincident with the shoreline jurisdiction as allowed pursuant to RCW 90.58.030(2)(d)(i,ii). The City of Forks is also considering the SMP for rivers inside the city limits. Maps showing the approximate lateral extent of the shoreline jurisdiction and proposed shoreline environmental designations are found in Exhibit A-Shoreline Maps of the proposed SMP.

SMP DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION: The Draft SMP—Planning Commission Recommendation (September 2017) is available for review at the Department of Community Development in the Clallam County Courthouse and on the County‘s SMP Update web page at: http://www.clallam.net/LandUse/SMP.html

The existing 1976 SMP (last amended 1992) and related administrative procedures in Chapter 35.01 CCC, Shoreline Management; supporting SMP Update documents including, but not limited to Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Reports, Shoreline Restoration Plan, Cumulative Impacts Analysis and No Net Loss Report, and Consistency Review Report; and other information are also available at the Department and on the County SMP Update website. For questions, contact the Department at 360-417-2420.

Nov
10
Fri
Evening Talks: Old-Growth Temperate Rainforests in Western Washington: Fungal Communities in Canopy Soils as Adaptive Facilitators to Environmental Change @ Olympic Natural Resources Center: Hemlock Forest Room
Nov 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

evening talks old growth and mushrooms

Evening Talks: Updated research Old-Growth Temperate Rainforests in Western Washington: Fungal  Communities in Canopy Soils as Adaptive Facilitators to Environmental Change

Korena Mafune received her B.S. in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture from the University of Washington in 2013. She has always been passionate about Washington’s beautiful forests and a bit stubborn about staying in her home state. So directly upon completion of her B.S., she applied and was accepted to UW’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) graduate program. She completed her M.S. in 2015 and is now in her 2nd year of her PhD research in SEFS. She works closely with Drs. Daniel and Kristina Vogt, who run the interdisciplinary Vogt Lab of Ecosystem and Conservation Ecology. Her master’s and current PhD research focus on canopy soils developing on branches of Acer macrophyllum, located in Washington State’s old-growth temperate rainforests.  Dear Merry Parker,Korena’s PhD research focuses on fungi associating with adventitious roots growing in the canopy soils of old-growth maple. She is very interested in the potential role fungi may have in canopy soils and the resiliency of these old-growth forests, as we face wetter winters and drier summers. She will be presenting some preliminary results on the diversity of fungi found in these ecosystems, and will also present some soil phosphorus and nitrogen results from her plots.

For this evening talk series, Korena  will discuss her latest  research and update us from her past presentation in May of 2017 .   Her presentation will build from the ground up, as she discusses the life-long mutualistic relationships between plants and fungi, and how they contribute to the unique characteristics of our old-growth temperate rainforests.  Over the past three decades, organic canopy soils and adventitious roots have been reported in temperate old-growth rainforests. Despite these reports, experiments have not elucidated their role in the functioning and resilience of these rainforests to droughts. Evidence shows adventitious roots form fungal mutualists, but not how diversity and/or functional roles vary compared to the forest floors. The aim of this research is to determine if the community diversity of mutualistic fungi in canopy soils enhance the resilience of Acer macrophyllum to drier climates vs. communities found in the forest floor, and if these communities respond to pulses of phosphorus, in respect to the varying soil characteristics found in canopy vs. forest floor soil ecosystems.  Preliminary research extracted fungal DNA from forest floor and canopy root-tips of old growth A. macrophyllum located in an old-growth temperate rainforest of Olympic National Park.  Sequences suggested fungal diversities differ between canopy and forest floor soils. To test the functional roles of these diverse mutualists, a larger-scale experimental manipulation of water, DNA analyses and imaging is being pursued.  Her research project will experimentally reduce or increase precipitation levels on 18 old-growth A. macrophyllum trees in two similar temperate rainforest stands.  During the experimental drought manipulation, fungal communities from both forest floor and canopy rooting systems will be sequenced and stained for fluorescent microscopy.  Also, changes in available Phosphorous will be assessed in drought to determine if seasonal rainfall regimes and resulting nutrient availabilities are a determining factor in the structure of these fungal communities.  This technical description is from Korena Mafune.

Please join us on Nov. 10th, Friday night, at 7:00 @ Hemlock Forest Room.  Evening Talks at ONRC is funded through the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund, an endowment that honors the contributions of Fred Rosmond and his family to forestry and the Forks community.    Refreshments will be served and a potluck of your favorite dessert is encouraged.  For more information contact:  Frank Hanson at 374-4556 or fsh2@uw.edu.