As many of you know, testimony to the Fish and Wildlife Commission took place Saturday in Olympia, WA . I believe it went really well and thanks to all who supported by showing up to provide testimony or by mailing in your comments. I am proud of our board, membership and supporters who participated in this important issue. Everyone who attended provided a compelling testimony and hit on the talking points that we provided earlier in the week. The board’s testimony introduced the independent science review and each Commission member and WDFW Management was provided a copy. And then fo llowed up by board members capturing the main points especially on habitat and artificial propagation. Many who testified challenged the Commission that the time is now to act on behalf wild steelhead. The Commission listened carefully, asked good questions and seemed very engaged in the issue. The Commission also acknowledged that they received their copy of “Wild on the Fly” magazine article titled “The Tragedy of Steelhead” by Dylan Tomine. We sent each one of the Commission members a copy of this compelling article regarding the plight of wild steelhead. Our hope is our testimony and our provided independent science review of the state steelhead management plan will provide an improved steelhead management plan that will be a strong guiding policy for steelhead recovery. I also want to recognize the department staff, Heather Bartlett, Sara LaBorde and Aimilee Wilson, who have been responsible for developing the plan deserve credit and thanks. It has not been an easy task, but they have taken the time to listen to our concerns, ask questions and add WSC input to the plan. We will post the Independent Science Review on the WSC website and our board’s testimony soon. Thanks to all who participated and I hope you will join us at the WSC Awards Banquet and Auction on March 1st at the Marriot at Redmond Town Center , contact Ryan Petzold at 425-238-4903 for details!