Adventure briefs: Commission looks at new fishing license options

Sasha Medlen
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Commission considers new licenses

A number of fishing-related briefings will dominate the agenda when the state Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Friday and Saturday in Olympia.

Among the topics will be an overview of Pacific halibut management, an update on fishing regulations for Lake Roosevelt, a review of hatchery operations in the Willapa Bay area and an update on hatchery reform.

Department staffers will also brief the commission, which is expected to vote on the proposal, on the creation of a reduced rate annual Fish Washington license and a senior combination license. The proposal also would give anglers the ability to upgrade to a combination license.

The meeting will start at 8 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and will be held in Room 172 of the Natural Resource Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia.

Go to wdfw.wa.gov/commission for a complete agenda.


Estuary group names new director

Sasha Medlen has been hired as the new, part-time executive director of the South Sound Estuary Association. Medlen joins the Olympia organization after working the past 15 years for environmental organizations and nonprofit groups.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting time for SSEA as they expand their programs and outreach,” Medlen said in a prepared statement. “It is clear that SSEA is supported by a group of amazing members, donors, staff, and board of directors, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with everyone on these critical projects in our estuaries.”

Medlen’s previous experience includes working as a consultant REEF Environmental Education Foundation and for MAR3INE. She also has worked for a variety of agencies, businesses and nonprofits such as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA Olympic Coast Sanctuary, Southern California Waterkeepers and the Environmental Protection Agency.

She also is secretary of the Surfrider Foundation’s Capitol chapter and started the Blue Water Task Force to sample water at Priest Point Park in partnership with the Department of Ecology’s BEACH Program.

Medlen can be reached at sasha@sseacenter.org.

Olympic National Park

Temporary changes in leadership

While Sarah Creachbaum is on assignment in Alaska, Rachel Spector is serving as the acting superintendent at Olympic National Park.

Creachbaum is spending four months on a developmental detail with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska. It is part of her yearlong participation in the National Park Service’s senior executive service candidate development program.

She is serving as a special assistant to the regional director working on climate change issues in the Arctic. She will return to Olympic National Park in late November.

Also part of the development program, Spector works for the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. She is an attorney in the Division of General Law in the Office of the Solicitor, providing legal counsel to the department on a wide range of administrative law matters.


State Parks lands grant

Washington State Parks has received a $29,400 grant from the National Park Service.

The state agency will use the money to evaluate protective treatments for western red cedar shingle and shake roofs.

The grant was part of $324,700 in grants for projects that promote innovative uses of technology in the preservation of America’s important cultural and historical resources, according to a Park Service news release.

The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training administers the grants as part of its efforts to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve historic and cultural resources, according to the release. Since 1994, the center has awarded more than $9.7 million in grants.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com