Walla Walla Alternative Gift Fair

See you this Saturday afternoon at the WWCC Water & Environmental Center!

AGF FlyerOther organizations to see at the fair:

  • Blue Mountain Humane Society
  • Blue Mountain Action Council
  • Helpline
  • Walla Walla Valley Farm to School
  • Dress A Living Doll
  • Heifer Internation
  • Sustainable Living Center

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Robert J. Carson honored by Tri-State Steelheaders

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Larry Zalaznik presents Bob Carson with Wib Wagoner Conservationist of the Year award.

2015 Wib Wagoner Conservationist of the Year Recipient

Robert Carson, retiring professor of geology at Whitman College, was recognized by the Tri-State Steelheaders for his career-long advocacy of conservation and habitat restoration. The Wib Wagoner Conservationist of the Year Award was presented to Carson at the annual Tri-State Steelheaders Crab Feed Fundraiser this May.

Carson has been a vocal advocate and supporter of habitat restoration and conservation efforts in the Walla Walla Valley throughout his 40 year career at Whitman College. Carson has a number of published works focusing on geology and geomorphology. His most recent book, published this year, Many Waters: Natural History of the Walla Walla Valley and Vicinity, combines stories, poems and photography from local residents with history and scientific data from geologists and other science professionals to tell the unique story of the Walla Walla Valley.

With a M.S. in stratigraphy and paleontology from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in geomorphology, Quaternary geology and photogeology from the University of Washington, Carson has applied hiseducation and experience to support a number of regional organizations, committees and planning groups. Many of these groups focus on water resource management and habitat restoration including the Tri-State Steelheaders where he served on the board of directors from 2000-2008. He currently serves on the Policy Advisory Group for the Walla Walla Watershed Partnership, is a board member for Walla Walla 2020 and contributes to the collaborative planning of the Mill Creek Workgroup and the Walla Walla Community Wildfire Protection Plan Steering Committee. Some of his previous tenures include serving as the co-chair on the Water Quality Subcommittee for the Walla Walla Watershed Planning Unit, as well as a member of the Walla Walla County Irrigation Efficiency Oversight Committee and the Walla Walla City Water and Wastewater Advisory Committee.

Over the years, Carson and his Whitman students contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer labor planting and pulling weeds at Steelheaders’ projects. It is worth noting that Bob often worked as hard as his students, and was not afraid to get dirty.

One of the contributions he is most proud of is his decade of involvement in the Washington Agricultural Burning Practices and Research Task Force which led to the Clean Air Washington Act and its strategic implementation.

Carson plans to continue supporting regional conservation efforts in retirement and looks forward to continued involvement with the Tri-State Steelheaders who sincerely thank him for his support.

Wib Wagoner Conservationist of the Year Award
Wib Wagoner was a longtime, dedicated member of Tri-State Steelheaders who personified the spirit of conservation and volunteerism. A junior high science teacher, Wagoner faithfully monitored adult steelhead returns using a weir at his property on Yellowhawk Creek for more than 15 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and volunteered many hours teaching fly tying classes to junior high students after school. The award, in Wib’s honor, recognizes recipients for their dedication to Tri-State Steelheaders’ mission and values through volunteerism or professional efforts and their commitment to conservation and improving habitat and fish populations.

Beginning in 2008 previous recipients include Mel Buttice, Chuck Schmatt, John Geidl, Steve Gwinn, Mike Loney, Mike Denny and Larry Zalaznik.

Learn more about the Tri-State Steelheaders and our work to recover and protect wild, native fish across the Pacific Northwest.

Q.  What is the history of the Tri-State Steelheaders?

Tri-State Steelheaders (TSS) began in the 1960’s as a club for recreational anglers and became a non-profit in 1985.  In 2000, TSS joined the RFEGs and began the current focus of working on habitat restoration.  TSS has always maintained a focus on outreach and education – which it continues today.

Q.   What is an RFEG?

The Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups (RFEGs) are a collection of 14 non-profit groups geographically representing regions in the Columbia Basin and Puget Sound in the State of Washington.  These groups were started in 1990, and Tri-State Steelheaders joined the RFEGs in 2000.  These groups work to restore native fish populations and habitats in their local communities and basins and perform outreach and education.  For more information see http://www.rfeg.org/coalition/

Q.   Why is TSS important? 

The combination of the non-profit status with the focus of fisheries and river restoration and community outreach and involvement makes the work of TSS particularly important.  Other organizations represent specific clients, demographics or government agencies.  TSS most simply represents you and what you envision for your community in relation to water and fisheries resources.  As a non-profit, we work to stimulate necessary restoration and enhancement projects to benefit our fish populations, aquatic ecosystems and promote responsible resource stewardship.

Q.   What does TSS do? 

TSS has three overarching objectives:  river and fisheries restoration, outreach and education and recreational opportunities.  Under these objectives, TSS has been involved in river and habitat restoration in the Walla Walla, Tucannon and Asotin basins working on fish passage, riparian restoration, wetland development, levee removal/set backs and placement of large woody debris.  Our outreach and education program reaches local grade schools, colleges and various local interest groups.  Lastly, we promote recreational opportunities including water access, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing and conservation.

TSS works with partner organizations or schools to promote public action, awareness and resource stewardship.  Our services include project management, educational and classroom activities and materials and various local events to promote resource understanding and stewardship.

Get involved and see what can happen!

 Q.   Where does TSS work?

TSS works in the lower Snake River area that spans the anadromous waters in Southeastern Washington, Northeastern Oregon and Northcentral Idaho.  Our watersheds span multiple states and our fish move among these areas.  As an RFEG, TSS represents Southeastern Washington including the Walla Walla, Tucannon and Asotin basins.

Q.  What feature projects has TSS completed recently?

TSS has completed several habitat restoration projects related to fish passage from the Walla Walla River to the upper reaches of Mill Creek and important flood plain and riparian restoration in the Walla Walla River.  Lastly, TSS was heavily involved in a riparian restoration project in the urban areas of Walla Walla and College Place (CURB).

TSS also worked over the last 3 years on the recreational harvest regulations for salmon allocation between the lower Columbia and east side basins.  TSS was the only representative from the east side of the Cascades participating in this workgroup and is a proponent of more equitable harvest for the east side anglers.

For more information about our projects, please check the pages on our website.

Kids Fishing Day at Bennington Lake!

Join us for a fun-filled day of fishing on the banks of Bennington Lake!

Sunday June 07, 2015
8:00 am 12:00 pm

 Ages 14 and younger:

  • FREE tackle and bait
  • FREE hot dog and Pepsi product
  • Casting Competition
  • Prizes

FREE FISHING WEEKEND June 6-7, 2015 Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife does not require fishing licenses for anyone to fish in Washington.


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