Tuesday, September 18, 2018

9/18 The Prince, international salmon plan, BC pipe, BC rainforest, dying ferns

The Prince [George Chernilevsky]
The Prince Agaricus augustus
One of the most desirable of edible mushrooms, meaty and of fine flavor. Found in rain seasons from June to October, in dry seasons beginning to fruit in August. If the place in which it appears is watered, successive crops will be produced. Often grows near compost heaps or in flower beds, on lawns, in orchards, sometimes near edges of roads, usually in the open. (The New Savory Wild Mushroom)

International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances
Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, will spell out the next decade of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to keep the migratory fish afloat in Pacific waters. Members of the Pacific Salmon Commission on Monday recommended a conservation plan that stretches to 2028 after two years of intense negotiations involving fishermen, tribes on both sides of the border and state and federal officials. It must be approved by both the U.S. and Canadian governments.... One of the most significant parts of the new treaty is reductions in the allowed harvest of chinook salmon, and particularly of chinook populations that are listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.... Alaska will reduce its catch by 7.5 percent in the southeast when poor chinook returns are expected. Canada will do so by 12.5 percent and Oregon and Washington will reduce their catch anywhere from 5 to 15 percent, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Gillian Flaccus reports. (Associated Press)

Ottawa looking for some high-level legal advice to get Trans Mountain project back on track
The federal government is shopping around for a retired federal judge to help guide a renewed consultation with Indigenous communities on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The Federal Court of Appeal last month quashed the approval given to the project, saying the consultation with Indigenous communities wasn't good enough and criticizing the lack of attention paid to the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.... An official close to the plan told the Canadian Press one option being closely considered is hiring of a former senior judge, possibly a retired Supreme Court of Canada justice, to advise the government on what would constitute meaningful consultation with Indigenous communities to satisfy the conditions of the court. The Liberals intend to announce the next steps in their pipeline plan before the end of September. Mia Rabson reports. (Canadian Press)

Botanical bounty of 2,400 plant species discovered in B.C. rainforest
After trudging through swamps and bushwhacking through sub-alpine thicket, a team of scientists has found around 2,400 species of plants — some it believes may be previously undiscovered — in the Ancient Forest/Chun T'oh Whudujut Provincial Park, a rarely studied inland rainforest 115 kilometres east of Prince George. The three-year-long field study by scientists and students at the University of Northern B.C., alongside UBC botanists Trevor Goward and Curtis Bj√∂rk, found species that weren't known to grow in this part of the province — or anywhere in Canada. Joel Ballard reports. (CBC)

Editor's note: Regarding yesterday's posting of the mysterious death of Kitsap County ferns (Ferns are dying in Kitsap forests, and nobody knows why ) reader Charlie Eaton notes that there's also the mystery of a large patch of sword fern which has died off at Seward Park in Seattle. This happening anywhere else?


Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  255 AM PDT Tue Sep 18 2018   

TODAY  SW wind to 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Wind waves  1 ft or less. SW swell 3 ft at 15 seconds. 

TONIGHT  W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell  3 ft at 13 seconds.



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