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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 27, 2013 at 9:08 AM

State fisheries forming citizen group for S.W. Washington steelhead management plan

State Fish and Wildlife is having a public meeting 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 4 at the state Fish and Wildlife Region 5 Office, 2108 Grand Blvd., in Vancouver to discuss a steelhead management plan for four Columbia River tributaries and look for work group nominees.

The areas in the plan are the North Fork and East Fork Lewis, Washougal and Salmon Creek.

In a news release, state Fish and Wildlife program manager Cindy Le Fleur, says they hope to enlist 10 to 15 people to participate in the planning process, which will involve a series of meetings over the six-month period beginning in July.

The nomination deadline is June 30, and members will be selected by July 15. To obtain forms, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/attach/may2213a.doc.

State Fish and Wildlife is working on regional steelhead management plans in statewide watersheds.

There are some groups that have submitted management plans for tributaries in the Columbia Gorge, and another is making recommendations on a plan for the Toutle, Coweeman and Kalama rivers.

According to state Fish and Wildlife each plan will consider natural production goals, hatchery production, fishing regulations, monitoring and other factors.

To view the statewide Steelhead Management Plan visit the state Fish and Wildlife’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/steelhead/management_plan.html.

 

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