Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nominate Steve Buckner to WDFW Columbia Advisory board

WDFW is accepting nominations for a new citizens advisory board on the Columbia River system. The Columbia once was the greatest salmon nurseries in the world supporting Millions of Chinook, Coho and Steelhead every year. A century and half of dam building, overfishing and habitat destruction has brought the system to its knees and today multiple species are either listed or extinct in certain portions of the drainage. Given the Biological and Cultural importance of the Columbia system, and the ongoing challenges of harvest, hydro and a broadbased reliance on hatchery supplementation it is imperative that we work together as a conservation community to nominate individuals who will work tirelessly on behalf of wild fish. Steve Buckner is just the guy, please write a letter to WDFW telling them that Steve would be a huge asset to the state as a member of the new advisory board. A few key points on Steve for those who wish to write on his behalf:

-Steve has lived in Washington State for 12 years
-He lives and guides on the Cowlitz River where he has been for 9 years.
-He is well informed and deeply concerned about the challenges facing the wild rivers and fish in the Columbia system.
-He has guided in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska giving him insights into the complexities of fisheries management throughout the Northwest.
-He is a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

All the other information you will need to submit a letter on his behalf can be found at WDFWs website. His address, phone number and references will already have been submitted to protect his privacy.

Mail letters to WDFW, they must be recieved by July 15th.

Heather Bartlett, Salmon and Steelhead Division Manager
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA, 98501-1091

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