Dispatches for Jan. 3

Fly fishing

Fishing aids recovery for business owner

Chad Brown, a decorated Navy veteran, will present the program “Social Consciousness Means Business” at Thursday’s meeting of the Puget Sound Flyfishers.

A recipient of multiple battlefield honors, Brown also struggled daily for years with post-traumatic stress disorder. While dealing with the trauma he suffered, Brown found a way to marry his passion with his work by creating Portland’s first outdoor apparel brand inspired by fly fishing.

Soul River Runs Deep and the nonprofit Soul River Inc. connect veterans fighting PTSD and inner-city youth to the outdoors through fly fishing.

In his program, Brown will discuss the origin of the concept of Soul River , how fly fishing has helped him heal, and how to leverage local, state and federal resources to aid in providing opportunities for youth and veterans.

The meeting is free and open to the public. The club meets at Tower Lanes Entertainment Center, 6323 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, at 6 p.m. An optional $15 dinner will precede the presentation.

Elwha dams

Project documentary serves as fund-raiser

NatureBridge is presenting the award-winning documentary film “Return Of The River” Jan. 15.

The feature-length film looks at the largest dam removal project in the United States. The project ended in August with a final blast to remove the last section of the Glines Canyon Dam.

There will be a panel conversation following the film. Among the people scheduled to take are Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe chairwoman Frances Charles, former Congressman Norm Dicks and U.S. Geological Survey research ecologist Jeff Duda.

Tickets are $10 each and are available at naturebridge.org/


Proceeds from the evening will help Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe youth participate in NatureBridge environmental programs.

The film will be shown at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle.


Groups protect land on Olympic Peninsula

About 280 acres along the Lyre River on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, about 20 miles west of Port Angeles, will be protected after being purchased by the North Olympic Land Trust.

The land, part of the Lyre Property Conservation Area, was part of the the largest purchase of land in the history of the trust.

The property includes the estuary at the mouth of the Lyre River, streams, wetlands, tidelands, kelp beds and bluff-backed beaches, according to a trust news release. It also includes a large upland area with a diverse forest at various ages of growth.

Karen Westwood, president of the trust’s board of directors, said planning is under way for the use of the property. She said the trust plans to open the property to the public by mid-2015. Visitors will be able to park about a mile from the beach and walk in from there. Day-use activities will include birdwatching, wildlife viewing, surfing, picnicking and beach walking.

Elsewhere, The Nature Conservancy of Washington has purchased 2,538 acres of forest above the Clearwater River.

The land adds to the conservancy’s Clearwater Forest Reserve and connects to the state’s Natural Resources Conservation Area to create a nearly complete 38-mile conservation corridor along the river.

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