Columbia River Salmon, Steelhead Fishing Closed Indefinitely; Washington Closes Most Outdoor Recreation Activities; Oregon Closes Hunting, Fishing To Non-Residents

April 9th, 2020

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife this week announced that recreational fishing, shellfish harvesting and spring turkey and bear hunting seasons will be delayed in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife also this week announced that recreational salmon and steelhead fishing in Oregon waters of the Columbia River will remain closed indefinitely.

Though Boating Visitors Aren’t Encouraged, Oregon Stresses All Watercraft Entering Oregon Need Inspection For Invasive Species; Seasonal Stations Open May 12

April 9th, 2020

While the state of Oregon is currently not recommending out-of-state residents visit the state for recreation due to the Governor’s Stay Home, Save Lives order, all watercraft entering Oregon are still required to be inspected at an aquatic invasive species station when the stations are open. This includes commercial watercraft, which, will account for most of the inspections while the stay-at-home order remains in effect.

UW Study Looks At Effects Of Climate Change On Fire Regimes In Northwest; Low-Elevation Ponderosa Pine Forests Most Risk

April 9th, 2020

Recent years have brought unusually large and damaging wildfires to the Pacific Northwest – from the Carlton Complex Fire in 2014 that was the largest in Washington’s history, to the 2017 fire season in Oregon, to the 2018 Maple Fire, when normally sodden rainforests on the Olympic Peninsula were ablaze. Many people have wondered what this means for our region’s future.

Council Blasts Trump Administration Proposal To Force BPA To Sell At Market Rates, Sell Transmission System; ‘Detrimental Schemes’

April 2nd, 2020

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council has written a letter to the Northwest congressional delegation objecting to proposals by the Trump administration to force the Bonneville Power Administration to sell electricity at market rates rather than its cost of generation and also sell the federal high-voltage transmission system, which BPA operates.

Covid-19: 13 Northwest Members Of Congress Seek Extension Of Comment Period On Draft EIS For Columbia/Snake River Dams; Corps Concludes Phone Comment Meetings

April 2nd, 2020

Thirteen members of the Northwest congressional delegation, all Democrats from Washington and Oregon, asked the federal government this week to extend the comment period on the draft environmental impact statement on Columbia/Snake River dams until 30 days after the Covid-19 public health emergency is over.