Outdoors

Program looks at wolves in state; Nisqually grant applicants sought

The status of wolf management in Washington and the efforts of Wolf Haven will be the topic of Thursday’s meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Society.
The status of wolf management in Washington and the efforts of Wolf Haven will be the topic of Thursday’s meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Society. Staff file, 2014

Wildlife

Expert to discuss wolves in Washington

Diane Gallegos, executive director of Wolf Haven International, will speak Thursday about the state’s wolf recovery plan and how the Wolf Advisory Group is working toward a goal of co-existence with wolves in the wild. Gallegos will be speaking at the meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Society.

Gallegos also will provide an overview Wolf Haven International’s mission and its accomplishment during the past 34 years. She has led the group since 2011. Her previous work includes a stint as a field biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in New Mexico.

Wolf Haven provides a sanctuary for captive-born, displaced wolves, offers educational programs and leads conservation efforts.

The event is free and open to the public. The doors open at 7 p.m. for socializing, with the program running from 7:30-8:30 p.m. It will be at the Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Learn more at tahomaaudubon.org.

Conservation

Funds for salmon work available

The Nisqually Indian Tribe is seeking grant proposals for salmon habitat restoration and protection projects in the Nisqually River watershed.

Up to $400,000 in federal and state funds is available for on-the-ground habitat restoration projects, land acquisitions or assessments that will lead to projects.

Eligible project proposals will be ranked by the Nisqually River Council and submitted to the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Legislature for funding consideration.

Eligible applicants include cities, towns, counties, state agencies (with a local partner), conservation districts, tribes, nonprofit organizations, special purpose districts, regional fisheries enhancement groups and private landowners.

Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to the tribe’s Natural Resources Office by Feb. 28, with completed applications tentatively due May 17.

To get information about the Nisqually salmon recovery strategy and other information, applicants should contact Ashley Von Essen, lead entity coordinator for Nisqually Tribe Natural Resources at 360-438-8687, Ext. 2145, or vonessen.ashley@nisqually-nsn.gov.

Gifford Pinchot

National forest has committee openings

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is seeking people willing to work with the forest by serving on a federal Resource Advisory Committee.

The committee is responsible for reviewing and recommending projects, as well as recommending changes to recreation fees on the forest.

Forest officials look to have a range of people connected to and interested in the forest serve on the committee. Members serve four-year terms, and committees typically have 15 members.

If you are interested in serving as a committee member, contact Gala Miller at 360-891-5014 or galamiller@fs.fed.us for assistance in completing a simple application. Applicants must live in the state and complete the Advisory Committee or Research and Promotion Background Information Form (AD-755), returning it to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest no later than Feb. 6. More information is available at fs.usda.gov/main/giffordpinchot.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor,

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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