After removing the Condit Dam in 2012, PacifiCorp is giving the Yakama Nation a right of first offer for 289 acres on the White Salmon River in Washington. In a news release, PacifiCorp says it has no immediate plans to sell the property—which begins at the site of the former dam and includes riverfront property to the White Salmon’s confluence with the Columbia River—but may sell it in the future. PacifiCorp recently satisfied federal requirements for rehabilitating the site.
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies gave its annual Ernest Thompson Seton Award to Idaho Fish and Game for its research work on catch-and-release survival. The award is given to a fish and wildlife agency for using science in wildlife management and sharing results with the public. Working with the University of Idaho, Fish and Game researchers monitored the time anglers spent to land fish, and how long those fish were exposed to air before release. The results, published in several peer-reviewed journals, found that air exposure of up to 60 seconds had no impact on fish survival or reproductive success.