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WSU/Pend Oreille Extension introduced the Sense of Place series in 1999, with a focus on place-based stewardship education. Since 2001, a partnership with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians Natural Resources Department (KNRD) has supported this newsletter and allowed us to expand class offerings through EPA funding. Further staff support comes through Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA). Many thanks to our partners and to you, our readers, for your continued enthusiasm for "digging" into the natural history and culture of this part of the world.

Pend Oreille Salmonid Recovery Team website goes online

Pend Oreille Salmonid Recovery Team (POSRT) has recently constructed a new website www.posrt.org to provide easy public access to information about future fish habitat project funding opportunities as well as descriptions and pictures of finished projects and ones currently underway. In addition, the website contains pictures and information about biology, distribution and identification of local fish.

A plan for salmon recovery was introduced by Washington State's Governor in 1998 and modified in 1999 to include ESA listed species such as bull trout. This modification made it possible for the Pend Oreille River watershed to receive state salmon habitat recovery funding even though there are no ocean-going salmon in the watershed.

The POSRT has been implementing restoration activities throughout the watershed since 2000. Currently 28 local projects have been funded to a tune of $4,037,531 with an additional $1,035,415 contributed as local match. The Team typically focuses on restoration activities such as fish passage issues in priority streams, riparian restoration, road obliteration, in-stream habitat restoration and assessments that lead to restoration projects or a better understanding of limiting factors for native salmonids. Projects are coordinated by Technical (TAG) and Citizens (CAG) Advisory Groups, with the Kalispel Tribe Department of Natural Resources providing the administrative forum. These Recovery Team members use an inclusive approach that fosters public participation and strives to incorporate the diverse perspectives and opinions of the community. All meetings are open to the public, with minutes and agendas posted on the website.

Not getting your Gardening in Pend Oreille Newsletter anymore? The Extension Office and the WSU Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners are still producing this newsletter, but it is now in an email format. To be added to the distribution list, please send a request to cpogson@pendoreille.org If you don’t have internet access, a printed and mailed version is still possible thanks to funding provided by the annual Master Gardener plant sale, just call 447-2401 and ask to be put on the list.

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