Tag archive for: Olympic Peninsula
On June 21, 2012, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks introduced historic legislation to establish new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River protections on the Olympic Peninsula. If passed, the bill would protect the first new Wilderness designations on Olympic National Forest in nearly 30 years and the first ever Wild and Scenic River designations on the Olympic Peninsula.
Are we at a time where there is no place left to go? For this angler, it seems we are approaching a destination I hate to admit or begrudge to accept. The wild, rainforest rivers of the West end of the Olympic Peninsula (OP) is a very special place with a race of legendary wild winter-run steelhead that could rival the world renown Skeena system to the North.
This study looks at the breeding relationship between steelhead and rainbow trout in Olympic Peninsula watersheds, and explains why knowledge of their mating system is essential to their conservation and management.
A future for wild steelhead: Establishing the First Wild Steelhead Management Zone on the Sol Duc River
Recently the WDFW made a hard social and biological decision to move the Snider Creek hatchery to the Bogachiel River, freeing up the Sol Duc River for classification as a Wild Steelhead Management Area (WSMZ). This was the result of many organizations and hundreds of interested steelheaders sending in comments to WDFW related to hatchery impacts. The Wild Steelhead Coalition, along with the Native Fish Society, led this charge, providing two white papers and comments on the science of hatchery impacts and the need for a quality Wild Steelhead Management Zone (WDMZ) on the Washington Coast.
In September 2011 dam removal began on the Elwha River marking the beginning of the greatest river restoration project in history. Over the next two years, Glines Canyon and Elwha dams will be removed giving salmon access to over 90 miles of habitat, much of which is protected within the…
WSC submitted this document to the WDFW in June 2011 and made the recommendation that the Snider Creek Hatchery on the Sol Duc River be terminated. The Olympic Peninsula boasts many great steelhead rivers, but the Sol Duc seems to be the best fit to be designated as a Wild Steelhead Management Area (WSMA) for a multitude of reasons. Among other topics, Burge and McMillan explain the unique benefits of the Sol Duc spawning habitat as well as the harmful impacts of Snider hatchery fish on wild winter steelhead.