Friday, January 16, 2009

Senate approves new wilderness

The US senate approved an expansion of wilderness protection for more than 2 million of acres in the Western US. Among the protected land are areas along the flanks of Mount Hood, and large swaths of land in South Western Oregon. Both areas are considered strongholds for wild steelhead and salmon. See the Seattle PI article here

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Protestors block Maury Island gravel mine

A group of protesters blocked roads yesterday hoping to stop work on a dock that would facilitate the movement of gravel from a mine on Maury Island. They oppose the mine and the docking facility because it is being constructed in a highly sensitive aquatic reserve. The area provides some of the best Eel grass habitat in central puget sound, critical habitat for forage fish as well as chinook salmon and cutthroat trout. See the Seattle Times story here.