Lorraine Loomis

Guest Opinion: COVID-19 impacts tribal natural resources management, traditions

Like communities across Washington state, treaty Indian tribes are coping with what we all hope are the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic that has… Continue reading

 

Bieng Frank: A bold move on salmon habitat

The greatest obstacle to salmon recovery in western Washington is that we continue to lose salmon habitat faster than it can be fixed and protected.… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: Fixing habitat key to salmon recovery

Until we take real action to protect and restore salmon habitat, we are looking toward a future with more tightly restricted fisheries for everyone. That’s… Continue reading

 

Being Frank: Pollution-based economy cannot be sustained

On April 16, as the coronavirus attacked communities across Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is rolling back our water quality… Continue reading

Being Frank: Cooperation is key to containing green crab invasion

Treaty tribes are encouraged by cooperative efforts with federal and state natural resources managers and others to monitor and stem the invasion of European green… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery

Twenty years ago, West Coast groundfish stocks such as sole and rockfish were in serious trouble. Decades of overfishing had brought their populations to the… Continue reading

Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound

It would be easy to blame the Puget Sound Partnership’s failure to clean up Puget Sound on a lack of leadership, funding and meaningful authority… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Leadership, cooperation, commitment will recover salmon

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are greatly encouraged by Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent commitment to challenge the status quo and take steps needed for… Continue reading

Being Frank: Salmon coalition a return to cooperation

The Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition is looking forward to another year of working together to accomplish responsible management through responsible leadership. We formed the… Continue reading

Being Frank: Habitat work shows promise of salmon recovery

Treaty tribes are encouraged by fish passage improvement projects in the Puget Sound region and other projects that will open access to many miles of… Continue reading

Being Frank: Tribes outraged by EPA move to roll back improved water quality standards

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington state are outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is advancing the agenda of a small group of industrial polluters… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Hatchery movie misguided, inaccurate

The Coastal Watershed Institute, Waters West, Todd Fisher Art and the Landing Mall in Port Angeles will screen “Artifishal,” Patagonia’s new film about wild fish,… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Politics, not science behind water quality rollback

I don’t know how you can be against clean water, but some of the industries in our state are. They have convinced the U.S. Environmental… Continue reading

Being Frank: Fisheries management more challenging every year

Each April for the past 35 years I’ve said the same thing: This was the most challenging North of Falcon process we’ve ever had. Every… Continue reading

Think About It: Puget Sound is not a sewer

We must stop treating Puget Sound like a sewer if we are going to restore the fish, shellfish, wildlife and other natural resources it supports.… Continue reading

Being Frank: Proposed state budget underfunds culvert replacement

Treaty tribes in western Washington are concerned that Gov. Jay Inslee’s two-year $54 billion budget now before the state Legislature will not adequately fund culvert… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Ruling strengthens habitat protection

A recent Washington Supreme Court ruling has strengthened a state law aimed at protecting the waters, shorelines and streambanks essential to salmon recovery. The ruling… Continue reading

Guest opinion: We’re finding common ground for salmon

The strength of the late Billy Frank Jr.’s vision and leadership is once again being called upon to help recover salmon in western Washington. Habitat,… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Move forward on water quality standards

In an unfortunate reversal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided to reconsider our state’s new water quality standards – the most protective in the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Tribes release habitat recovery strategy

“As the salmon disappear, so do our cultures and treaty rights. We are at a crossroads and we are running out of time.” These words… Continue reading