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of nutrients from the tens of thousands of decaying carcasses.

Steering Committee Working on Near-Term Action Agenda

The Steering Committee will next meet on Thursday, February 21, 6:30 -9:00 p.m. at RENTON City Hall (not Tukwila Community Center).  An open house for the public on the Draft Near-Term Action Agenda will precede the meeting beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to review and revise as necessary the DRAFT Near-Term Action Agenda (NTAA).  The Planning Work Group has created this draft over the last six months.  The Technical Committee and Public Outreach Work Group also have contributed to the document.  The February meeting is the time for the Steering Committee as a whole to work on the document.

The Near-Term Action Agenda is an early, voluntary step to ameliorate some of the factors that are negatively affecting salmon and salmon habitat.  The document is a guide to actions local governments and other implementers can take in the next 2-5 years as resources and opportunities become available.  It is an interim step in effect until the Comprehensive Salmon Conservation Plan is completed and the NTAA is expected to serve as a building block for the Plan.

Steering Committee members will receive draft copies of the NTAA in late January.  Those not on the Steering Committee may download drafts from the website at http://dnr.metrokc.gov/Wrias/9/index.htm beginning January 22 or request hard copies from Dennis Clark, dennis.clark@metrokc.gov, 206-296-1909.

A public comment period will last from January 22 to February 21.  Comments received will be brought to the Steering Committee meeting February 21 so members have them as they consider at the Draft NTAA.  In addition the open house on February 21, an open house also will be held February 19 at the Covington Public Library (planned time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. -- call to confirm) to give south County residents a more convenient opportunity to learn about the Draft NTAA and comment.  For more information on NTAA publicity and public comment, contact Dennis Clark at the number above.

Please contact Doug Osterman, 206-296-8069, doug.osterman@metrokc.gov if you have any other questions about the Steering Committee.

Moving Dirt, Planting Trees

Three streamside planting projects were implemented this fall by King County as part of Green/Duwamish 2001.  All three projects resulted in the planting of native trees near the Green River for fish and wildlife habitat enhancement.  Two projects were implemented in Porter Levee Park near Auburn and another project was done in Mullen Slough, near Kent.

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