Claire Corlett

Fish Food, Fish Tanks, and More
Fixing Washington’s culverts to remove fish barriers

Fixing Washington’s culverts to remove fish barriers


the fish have to find a way to get from the ocean to the forest lands that’s where we would really like to help the cities and the counties and the
state get into a comprehensive planning process and
funding process that over the next twenty to twenty-five
years we can all see daylight at the end of the tunnel this is a long-term process fifteen
years ago there are a lot of people in the forest
industry that thought this was going to be an impossible task to replace all these culverts and clear
all this to these roads to make them available for
for fish passage in and do all of the habitat
work that we’ve done fifteen years later now we see light at the end of the tunnel we see
the successes we see fish getting back in areas where they haven’t been for decades and it’s quite a
successful program the cities and counties need revenue to be able to do this this is going to
be an expensive long-term process and it’s something
that we as a state should all care a lot about Billy Frank the former
leader the Nisqually tribe and the Northwest Indian
Fisheries Commission was instrumental in helping to perform
the collaborative around the TFW process, the timber, fish, and wildlife process we have to be a model for the world here in the Great Northwest working with
the timber industry and working with partners the public
has to be involved in everything that we do we can that close our eyes and think all of it’ll go away it’s all
working together in understanding and gain and trust among each other and
that’ll give us hope for the future of all of us Billy Frank talked about us working
together and in his passing last year he’s left a
legacy for all of us to collectively meet that vision we think that the state the county’s cities and the forest
landowners who all own road systems need to work together help figure this
out when the timber industry first started
this project it was a very daunting overwhelming size of a problem when you looked at all
the road miles in all the work that needed to be done in order to address the endangered
species listings and clean water act given time and and giving the size of
the problem you can take it invites it’s like
looking at an apple if you try to eat it all at once you
choke if you can take it in bite-size pieces
and work on a six-year planning basis on a two-year planning basis and then
again on a 20-year planning basis this can be done and as you look back now in the timber and in the work that
we’ve down over the last fifteen years it you look back and you can see all the
work that’s done and we can see daylight at the end of the tunnel I the possibilities when you spread this
problem out over time are very positive and its it’s an opportunity for us to
really do something good for the future generations of our state

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