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Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 Olympic National Forest seeks comments on roads STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty, com The Olympic National Forest is having open houses asking the public to share the areas and roads they use on the forest. This information will help the for- est identify a financially sustainable road system that meets diverse ac- cess needs, minimizes environmen- tal harm, and is safe and dependable because it is scaled tb available re- sources. "Your participation will help us understand your access needs," said Forest Supervisor Reta Laford. "It would be particularly helpful to know what areas you use on the for- est and what roads you use to get there." The open houses will be around the Olympic Peninsula this summer. Date, time and location of Olym- pic National Forest Sustainable Road System open houses are: June 19, 4 to 7 p.m., Forks, Olympic Natural Resources Center, Hemlock Forest Conference Room, 1455 S. Forks Ave. June 25, 4 to 7 p.m., Quilcene, Quilcene School Multipurpose Room, 294715 U.S. Highway 101. July 17, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Port Townsend, Port Townsend Commu- nity Center, 620 Tyler St. July 30, 4 to 7 p.m., Quinault, Olympic National Forest, Quinault Ranger Station, 363 South Shore Road. Aug. 19, 4 to 7 p.m., Shelton Civ- ic Center, 525 Cota St. Aug. 21, 4 to 7 p.m. Aberdeen, Rotary Log Pavillion, 1401 Sargent Blvd. Aug. 27, 4 to 7 p.m. Olympia, Olympic National Forest, Supervi- sor's Office, 1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW In addition to attending open houses, the public can provide comments using the web-based map or online questionnaire on the Forest website: www.fs.usda. gov/goto/olympic/sustainableroads. Questionnaires are also available at any Olympic National Forest office. Comments will be taken until Aug. 31. Board to develop strategy for removing fish barriers STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty, corn A new board responsible for restoring fish habitat by expe- diting the removal of fish bar- riers in Washington's streams had its first meeting June 17 in Olympia. The Fish Passage Barrier Removal Board will develop a statewide strategy for remov- ing fish barriers on state, local and private lands. Washing- ton has an estimated 30,000 fish barriers, such as culverts, which impede the migration of steelhead and salmon. "Our goal is to coordinate the removal of barriers with- in a watershed to help en- sure fish passage throughout the entire stream," said Julie Henning, fish passage section manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wild- life (WDFW). "A coordinated approach among barrier own- ers will take advantage of cost efficiencies while contributing to salmon recovery." The board was created ear- lier this year through state legislation (House Bill 2251) that also streamlines the per- mitting process for barrier re- moval projects. The legislation instructs board members to give preference to projects that will most benefit threatened or endangered species. Board members met at 9 a.m. June 17 at the Double- Tree Hotel, 415 Capitol Way N. in Olympia. All future meetings are open to the public but only board members will participate in the discussion. Information on future board meetings, as well as meeting agendas and notes, can be found on the Fish Pas- sage Barrier Removal Board's web page at wdfw.wa.gov/ about/advisory/fpbrb. The chair of the board is a representative from WDFW. Other board members in- clude representatives from the Washington departments of Transportation and Natu- ral Resources, Association of Washington Counties, Wash- ington Association of Cities, the Governor's Salmon Re- covery Office, Northwest In- dian Fisheries Commission, Yakama Indian Nation and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The board's work will build upon barrier removal projects including those completed un- der a 2013 federal court in- junction that requires Wash- ington to remove hundreds of state-owned culverts by 2030. The board's effort will build on the state's investment by cor- recting barriers upstream and downstream of those projects. Open house on community forest scheduled for June 26 STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty, com The public is invited to share ideas about the fu- ture of the Teanaway Com- munity Forest at an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m., June 26, in Cle Elum. The event will be in the Swauk Teanaway Grange, 1361 W. Ballard Hill Road. The Washington De- partments of Natural Re- sources' (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are developing a management plan, which is due by June 30, 2015, with significant input from a community- based advisory commit- tee. The open house is one of many opportunities for the public to provide corn- ments to the advisory com- mittee. After brief opening re- marks, which begin at 5:30 p.m., the public will have an opportunity to comment on topics such as water- shed protection, working lands, recreation, and fish and wildlife in the Tean- away. DNR and WDFW will have staff members available to discuss each subject. everal members of the Teanaway Commu- nity Forest Advisory Com- mittee also plan to attend the open house. Additional information about the community forest, including how to comment online, can be found at dnr.wa.gov/ teanaway. Thank You For Being Fire Safe! 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