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July 9, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Remember that fishing moratorium on the Elwha?

Anglers excited about the news of fish returning to the Elwha will just have to contain their excitement a bit longer.

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A pair of wild adult winter steelhead spawning in mid May in the Little River, a tributary of the Elwha.

John McMillan, photo

All fishing is banned in the river and its tributaries during dam removal and for five years thereafter, to allow fish to recover.

The park service also issued a warning about lifting artifacts from the deltas. A Port Angeles resident was fined $225 last week for trying to sell on Craigslist a 100-year-old wagon wheel collected from the former Lake Aldwell delta. I think I saw that wheel when I was out on the delta last March, it was readily accessible in the mud at the old Elwha Dam site.

There’s other cool stuff out there — anyone who’s been out walking on the deltas knows what I am talking about.

Leave it all be. The stuff, the fish. They belong to everyone, and to posterity, and to the future.

If you find a historic artifact or site, tell Dave Conca, chief of cultrual resources for the park. That’s Dave_Conca@nps.gov or call him at 360-565-3053.

For more on the latest blasting activity at Glines, have a look at the park service’s dam removal blog.

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