State developing steelhead management plan for Columbia tributaries

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public meeting Thursday in Cathlamet to begin the process of developing steelhead management plans for several Columbia River tributaries.

The department is also seeking nominations for a citizens work group to assist in that effort.

The plans will address steelhead management in the Grays, Elochoman and Chinook rivers and Skamokawa, Mill, Abernathy, and Germany creeks.

The meeting will run from 6-8 p.m. at the River Street Room at 12 River St. in Cathlamet.

Cindy LeFleur, regional fish program manager, said the agency hopes to enlist 10-15 people to participate in the planning process, which will involve a series of meetings over a six-month period beginning in early 2015.

The statewide steelhead management plan is available at wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/fisheries/steelhead/management_plan.html.

Nominations for the work group are due by Dec. 31. A nomination form and address for submission are available at wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/swpw/nominations.html.