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Field reports: Outdoors industry supports public lands in Salt Lake rally

RETAILERS – Approximately 2,500 people marched in Salt Lake City Thursday to show support for federal public lands in a departing salvo from the Outdoor industry.

The rally marks the end of the Outdoor Retailer trade show’s 22-year association with the city. The Outdoor Industry Association vowed earlier this year to move the winter and summer shows and millions of dollars worth of local spending to Colorado after Utah’s governor and other lawmakers would not back off anti-federal land stands.

“This march is the outdoor industry’s opportunity to demonstrate our collective conviction that public lands belong to every citizen of the United States, and they are not only the foundation of our industry, they are fundamental to our national heritage,” said Amy Roberts, OIA executive director.

A recent poll by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership found that 97 percent of sportsmen and women – hunters, hikers, anglers, skiers, paddlers and more – support conserving and protecting public lands for future generations, she said.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski, who has taken exception with state leaders on protection of national monuments and other federal lands, left the door open for the retailers.

“Let me be very clear,” she said, “Salt Lake City will always be your ally in the fight to protect and preserve public lands.”

Endangered state wildlife considered by panel

WILDLIFE – The protective status of four wildlife species and proposed steps to reduce elk hoof disease in Western Washington are on the agenda for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting on Aug. 4-5 in Olympia.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials will present their proposals to list yellow-billed cuckoos as an endangered species in Washington and elevate the level of state protection for loggerhead sea turtles from threatened to endangered.

The cuckoo in western North America is a distinct population already listed it as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. The north Pacific population of loggerhead sea turtles has declined substantially in the past 70 years.

Commissioners also will discuss requiring hunters to remove and leave behind the hooves of any elk harvested in six game management units to reduce the spread of elk hoof disease. The state already requires these precautions in southwest Washington.

The new proposal adds two management units in Mason County as well as four in north Puget Sound, where WDFW recently confirmed the presence of elk hoof disease.

Dishman Hills group offers 40 acres for sale

CONSERVATION – Forty acres on the western slope of Tower Mountain donated to the Dishman Hills Conservancy will be offered for sale as a fundraiser this summer.

The land, gifted by Richard and Connie Stacey, is at the end of Jameson Road and offers especially good views for two housing sites, said Jeff Lambert, conservancy executive director.

Info: Suzy Dix, (509) 994-9300.

Safety around bears discussed by biologist

HUNTNG – A wildlife biologist will talk about bear biology and avoiding attacks by bears and other predators in a free program on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council auditorium, 6116 N. Market St.

Annemarie Prince of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department will discuss safety near wildlife and use of bear spray.


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