Monday, April 16, 2012

4/16 Goldstream R., BC forests, Sammamish runoff, Tom Sanford, rabbit love, Jacques Marc

Song Sparrow (Dave Green)
Dave Green at Lake Padden News blogs on the latest spring sightings of birds and plants blooming, Sightings Second Week of April 2012

New blog: Travel Notes: Brussels High and Low

Cliff Mass blogs on Bird Migration on the Coastal Radar  

About 3,000 coho salmon were introduced into the Goldstream River on Saturday. Remediation work near Goldstream Provincial Park began immediately after a tanker-truck crash that spilled thousands of litres of fuel a year ago, killing much of the plant and animal life. One year after fuel spill, fish released into Goldstream River  

The B.C. government is holding talks with the forest industry over ways to supply more timber to beetle-hit Interior sawmills, including the option of opening forest reserves that have until now been out of bounds to loggers.  The discussions have been limited to a few stakeholders who have sawmills in regions where the mountain pine beetle has devastated the timber supply. But they are raising alarms — even from within the forest industry — that the province is acting unilaterally on issues with sweeping effects on the future of the forests and the communities that depend on them.  B.C. government faces increasing opposition on plans to open forest reserves to loggers  

Stormwater engineer Eric LaFrance told the Sammamish Council that collecting and filtering all of the storm water being collected by the system of pipes, ditches and culverts proposed for the Inglewood and Tamarack neighborhoods could double in price. A $2.3 million system in Inglewood could swell to $4.5 million and the $780,000 Tamarack project may end up costing closer to $1.6 million. Councilwoman Nancy Whitten asked whether there was more the city could do to encourage low-impact development and storm water infiltration in the neighborhoods. LaFrance said the steep slopes in the area aren’t good for injecting storm water and the small lots in the neighborhood, which was plotted in the early part of the 1900s, do not lend themselves to low-impact development. Stormwater fixes could cost a bundle  

The North Olympic Land Trust has hired Port Angeles resident Tom Sanford as its new executive director. From 2005 to 2011, Sanford was the executive director of Olympic Park Institute, the campus of national nonprofit NatureBridge, which provides environmental educational programs in Olympic National Park.  North Olympic Land Trust names new executive director  

A group of rabbit lovers are up in arms over the Vancouver park board's decision to remove a bunch of blackberry bushes at Jericho Beach that are home to dozens of the furry creatures.  The board says a biologist has been hired to help move any wildlife into the surrounding brush as the zone just southeast of the Jericho Sailing Centre is cleared this month to plant native species.  Rabbit lovers worried about Jericho Park habitat destruction

Jacques Marc, exploration director of the Underwater Archeological Society of B.C., he has admired the propeller of the Idaho, a passenger ship lost off Race Rocks in 1889; studied the boiler of Tuscan Prince, a freighter that sank in Barkley Sound in 1925; been awed by the wreckage of Valencia, a passenger steamer whose sinking claimed 136 souls in 1906.  Dockyard of the damned: Vancouver Island’s hidden shipwrecks  

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT MON APR 16 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
TODAY
SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING SW IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 4 TO 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 7 FT AT 17 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT
W WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING SW 5 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 2 FT. W SWELL 10 FT AT 14 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

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