I don't have enough info to form an educated opinion on this subject but want to throw this out there. Taken from another board. I attended, spoke, laughed, felt frustration, and anger. I worry about WDFW's fore-site and remain concerned about the year by year , knee jerk reaction type of management that has led this state into the situation it's currently in. Because of my feelings, I asked what WDFW was doing to ensure my son would have a quality recreational fishing opportunity when we were all dead and gone. What was the master plan? I received no answer. Here is a list of what I took away from the meeting. 1) Everyone in attendance wants access, opportunity, and wild fish. Most in attendance want a hatchery fish fishery also. 2) WDFW is not locked into using the Toutle, Green, or Lewis as the gene bank site. 3) Two of WDFW's major constraints for choosing a gene bank site are there must be a population of wild fish and no hatchery fish can compete with the wild fish. 4) The major concern heard over and over again was an objection to using the rivers proposed due to a lack of future fisherman access and opportunity. The rivers proposed have miles upon miles of access that is a rare thing in SW WA. 5) The rivers proposed already and for years and years have had a large hatchery fish presence. 6) A sediment dam already alters "wild" access to one of the main tributaries. In my opinion, the vast majority of those in attendance could not figure out why WDFW would quit planting fish in the Green, Toutle, and Lewis. Why close down such a large area of river opportunity on an existing hatchery river to run their wild fish experiment? It doesn't make sense to take away a huge area of public access and opportunity. Why doesn't their current proposal site make any sense? Because there is the Coweeman, a drainage south, that meets ALL of the WDFW's self imposed criteria for a gene bank. 1) A sustained population of wild steelhead. 2) No hatchery fish influence past or present. The Coweeman also is a river with virtually no public access due to private property. There would be almost ZERO access lost to future generations of fishermen if it was used as the site and per WDFW IT CAN BE!!! I today's world of fewer fish, more people, and less and less access almost all present saw this solution as a win win. Please become involved and make your voice heard.