Our winter 2017 newsletter has arrived! If you’re a member, you should see it in your inbox and mailbox soon, if you haven’t already. It’s also available to read online!
Highlights in this issue include:
- An update on our Salmon in School program
- A recap of our recent annual meeting
- An explanation of the ways our December “fish fling” benefited the Tucannon River
The Lions Park Pond in College Place used to be stocked with rainbow trout by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for an annual Youth Fishing Derby [left], attracting about 100 kids and their families every year. Today, problems with sediment and water quality have brought the beloved community program to a halt. Tri-State Steelheaders hopes to restore the pond so that stocking can resume — but we need your help.
Completing the preliminary design for restoring the pond is expected to cost $10,000. So far, we’ve raised $7,995 toward that goal, but we can’t move forward until we raise the remaining funds. Your donation in any amount will help introduce a new generation of College Place kids to outdoor recreation, so please consider giving today!
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This year, the staff of TSS is happy to be joined by AmeriCorps Volunteer Alex Coak as our Recreational Activities Coordinator.
Originally from the coastal plains of the eastern U.S., Alex moved to Walla Walla to experience a new region and a new role as a member of AmeriCorps. Alex’s role is to assist Outreach & Education Coordinator Andrew Bassler with education projects in conjunction with local schools and organizations, as well as assist with and develop events to foster recreational angling and a conservation mindset amongst members of the community. In his free time, Alex enjoys taking part in a range of outdoor activities from fishing to hiking, as well as meeting new faces and seeing new places.
Come one come all! Our annual meeting for 2016 will feature a talk by Mark Grandstaff, Assistant Habitat Program Manager with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. He will give an overview of the Floodplain Management Plan for the Tucannon RIver in the W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area east of Dayton and discuss Phases 1 and 2 of the Rainbow Lake reconstruction project.
The meeting will be held at the Courtyard by Marriot at 550 W. Rose St. in Walla Walla (note new location this year). It is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
We recently posted a wealth of new information on our ongoing “Bridge to Bridge” project to restore the lower Walla Walla River in the “Current Projects” section of website, including lots of photos and an update on where things currently stand. Check it out!