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WSC Board Member Josh Mills penned an impassioned editorial in Hatch Magazine titled “Sadistic Insanity on the Snake.” The piece poses a simple but poignant question – are the people fighting to maintain the failing status quo on the Snake too stupid or too evil to be in charge of managing an already teetering wild steelhead and salmon population?
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the literature of fly fishing, conservation, and FFI in the state of Washington, Jack Berryman, the 2nd president of the Wild Steelhead Coalition and current Trustee, received the Roderick Haig-Brown Award from Fly Fishers International.
This month we had the opportunity to partake in the Free the Snake Flotilla and the Our Sound, Our Salmon Flotilla, which were powerful demonstrations involving diverse coalitions fighting together for our fish and waters.
Multiple courts have ruled that the federal government’s approach to steelhead and salmon restoration on the Snake is misguided and a massive waste of taxpayer money. They’ve ordered the government to explore a new approach, but now new legislation authored by Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is trying to mandate that we stick with our broken management strategy.
In May, we said goodbye to our dear friend Les Johnson, who was a steelhead icon and a founding member of the Wild Steelhead Coalition. Born and raised in the heart of Steelhead Country, Les devoted his life to writing about and protecting the iconic fish that captivated him throughout his illustrious life.
Projections for wild steelhead returns on the Columbia looked atrocious this year, and the early returns have been even worse than originally expected. If things don’t get better soon, we may be looking at the worst wild steelhead runs in the Columbia’s recorded history.