Department of Natural Resources issues plan to guide West End forest management -PDN

It appears that this new guide for forest management may be an improvement. The environmental community seems to be cautiously optimistic for this, and use of more site specific new technology to adapt forest management to the facts on the ground seems to be a good move.

“This roadmap for experimentation, research and monitoring will help DNR find new and better ways of reaching its timber harvest goals and ecological objectives …”

For those wonks wanting to read the document, go here:

The 171-page document is available on the DNR website,

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Chum Salmon Runs normal on Snow & Salmon Creeks

Just in from Al Latham. While not as big as some years, it seems statistically pretty normal

Salmon Creek chums are up to 1,667 and 262 Snow Creek chum have been passed upstream of the WDFW station.  It’s important to note that the Snow Creek graph doesn’t include all of the fish that spawn in the ¾ mile downstream between the trap and the bay.


Snow Creek chum are negotiating the new channel in the estuary just fine and there are some redds in that lowest stretch.


The upper reaches of  Salmon Creek chum territory are quieter than last year but the fish are still coming in at 60 -130 per day.

Here is a male that came through on Tuesday – my friend Renee Karlovich took the photo.


Photo of the Day -Juvenile Puget Sound King Crab at Point Hudson

Another gem from Bruce Kerwin of Bainbridge Island. DSC_4425 Juvenile Puget Sound King CrabJuvenile Puget Sound King Crab at Point Hudson (eventually the white cap will disappear and he will grow to more than 4 times its current size) – Port Townsend, WA;

Biotoxin infesting part of Hood Canal usually free of it – PDN

Warning for those of you going out to do some shellfish gathering.

…. The Department of Health found high levels of the marine biotoxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in Hood Canal early this summer, leading the state to close several beaches in Jefferson and Mason counties to shellfish harvest, many for the first time. Aria Shephard Bull reports. (Kitsap Sun)

See also: More shellfish harvest closures in effect in Clallam County; shut areas stretch from Cape Flattery to Jefferson line (Peninsula Daily News)

Poacher draws 5 1/2 years in prison after investigation by WDFW Police

There has been a number of people wondering about who were poaching  these oysters.

SEATTLE – The former owner of a shellfish company based in Jefferson County was sentenced today to 5½ years in prison after a poaching investigation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) proved he and his employees had stolen millions of oysters and clams off Washington beaches.

Rodney Allan Clark, 50, former owner of G&R Quality Seafood in Quilcene, pleaded guilty in King County Superior Court to 17 counts of trafficking in stolen property and one count of reckless endangerment for selling shellfish to the public without a state health certification.

Clark was also ordered to return to court next month for a hearing to determine restitution for the shellfish he and his employees stole from beaches in Jefferson and Kitsap counties.

Eight of Clark’s former employees, some of whom cooperated with the investigation, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fishing violations in previous court appearances and received a combination of fines and jail time.

Clark’s sentencing marked the end of a high-profile case that was delayed for nearly a year after the former convict jumped bail in 2013 and fled the state. He was finally extradited from Hawaii under a warrant signed by Gov. Jay Inslee the following year.

Court records describe how a tip from a shellfish inspector for the Washington Department of Health prompted WDFW to open its investigation of G&R Quality Seafood in April 2009.

According to the health inspector, a shellfish buyer reported buying thousands of Clark’s oysters, which made some of his customers in Yakima and the Tri-Cities sick.

For the next 11 months, WDFW detectives developed a case on Clark and his employees, documenting their activities as they illegally harvested shellfish at night on isolated beaches in Jefferson and Kitsap counties. The detectives also monitored the movement of the stolen shellfish to King County, where Clark and his employees sold it at a profit to restaurants, fish markets, and seafood wholesalers.

WDFW Police Chief Steve Crown estimates that Clark and his employees illegally harvested more than $2 million worth of oysters and clams from publicly and privately owned beaches, but said the true value of the stolen shellfish may never be known.

“These poachers stripped entire beaches of oysters and clams, and recklessly sold uncertified shellfish for public consumption,” Crown said. “This was a crime against the people and the natural resources of our state, and we made it a priority to get their ringleader off the street and shut his operation down.”

In March 2010, the WDFW Police seized thousands of documents detailing the operations of G&R Quality Seafood after obtaining a warrant to search Clark’s office in Quilcene and other properties. Several other agencies participated in those raids, including the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Based on WDFW’s investigation, Clark was charged in King County Superior Court in December 2011, but was released on bail pending trial. In December 2013, he failed to appear for a pretrial court date, leading to an interstate search that led first to Alaska, then to Hawaii.

Clark, who previously served a prison sentence for drug offenses in Montana, was eventually arrested in Hawaii and extradited to Washington state under a warrant issued last year by Gov. Inslee.

“We’d like to thank all the agencies that helped us bring Rodney Allan Clark to justice, particularly the King County Prosecutor’s Office,” Crown said. “If the prosecutor hadn’t agreed to pursue this case, Rodney Clark would probably still be out on the oyster beds, plundering the state’s natural resources.”

Grants will support ‘shore friendly’ landowner projects in Puget Sound – WDFW

Good news from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Based on the good outcomes of similar workshops a few years ago, the Northwest Straits Foundation, which helps support the work of the Jefferson and Clallam County Marine Resource Committees, has been chosen as one of the recipients of a grant. The grant will allow us to hold workshops and offer technical training on state of the art information for reducing hard-armoring of shorelines. This money will be used in the counties affected. It's a great example of using the State to fund the activities but keeping them  by and for the people who know the priorities at the local level. An example of what this is all about can be found by watching this short video we did two years ago for Jefferson County. There is a very good example of soft shore armoring in it. Done by folks over on Dungeness Bay.
OLYMPIA - Five proposals to provide incentives for shoreline landowners in Puget Sound to manage their property in a "shore friendly" way will receive funding through the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant Program at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The grant program, jointly managed by WDFW and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, will distribute $1.6 million provided by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support actions outlined in the state’s Action Agenda for Puget Sound.

“Reducing the amount of hard-armored shoreline is critical to Puget Sound recovery,” said Patricia Jatczak, grant program manager. “Shore-friendly techniques that avoid the use of bulkheads, seawalls and other types of hard armor can protect property with minimal interference to important natural processes that create and maintain aquatic habitat.”

The grant proposals are designed to examine how incentives can be used to motivate residential landowners to remove unnecessary armor or install soft shore protection if needed, Jatczak said. Those incentives may include onsite technical assistance, help with permit costs and workshops for landowners.

The five applicants selected to receive funding were:


  • Northwest Straits Foundation – $312,117: This project will be implemented in San Juan, Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, Jefferson, and Clallam counties, and focuses on providing technical assistance to residential landowners to avoid or replace shoreline armor with soft shore protection.
  • Kitsap County – $365,854: Kitsap County will use the grant to offer financial incentives and a streamlined permit process for bulkhead removal, as well as technical assistance and erosion assessments.
  • Mason Conservation District – $315,155: This project will be implemented in Mason County, and will provide resources such as workshops, information about shoreline processes, and technical assistance to encourage the removal of bulkheads, install soft shore protection if needed and improve stewardship of the nearshore.
  • Island County – $290,399: This project focuses on the preservation of Island County’s unarmored shoreline, and will provide streamlined permitting and financial assistance for shoreline residents who choose soft-shore alternatives.
  • San Juan County – $348,170: The goal of this project is to protect San Juan County’s unarmored shoreline by providing information and assistance to landowners and shift the cultural norm toward natural shorelines.


Since 2010, the state grant program has received more than $18 million in funding from the EPA to support the state’s Puget Sound Action Agenda. The funding has supported about 60 projects including those designed to restore marine habitat, support citizen science at the state’s protected aquatic areas, and engage citizens in preparing and responding to oil spills.

The program also developed the Marine Shoreline Design Guidelines, which provide guidance on using soft shore techniques.


Seeking applications for Jefferson County Conservation Futures Committee

Jefferson County Conservation Futures Program. Citizen Oversight Committee Vacancies: District #1, District #3 and Interest

The Conservation Futures Citizen Oversight Committee members make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the selection and funding of open space projects utilizing the Conservation Futures Fund. The Board of County Commissioners seeks representation on the committee from each commissioner district and a broad spectrum of interests. There are currently vacancies for citizens to represent District #1, District #3 and an “Interest” on the committee. Examples of interests include parks and recreation, user groups, agriculture, forestry, conservation organizations and real estate. Other interests not listed here may also be represented. The committee meets approximately six times per year, with the majority of activities usually scheduled in April. Interested individuals should submit a letter or email to the Office of the Board of County Commissioners, P.O. Box 1220, Port Townsend, WA 98368 or no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 28, 2014. These are non-paid positions. For more information, contact Tami Pokorny, Jefferson County Environmental Health Dept. at Ph: (360) 379-4498 or email View the Conservation Futures Program Web site at Click on “Conservation Futures”.

Tami Pokorny

Jefferson County Water Quality

Ph: 360.379.4498

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