Lorraine Loomis

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Being Frank: A time to remember

This fall marks the 50th anniversary of an event that sparked the landmark ruling by federal Judge George Boldt in U.S. v. Washington that upheld… Continue reading

 

USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image

Being Frank: Tribal watersheds report shows little improvement, but hope remains

I wish there were better news in our 2020 State of Our Watersheds Report that will be released later this month, but at best we… Continue reading

 

Being Frank: Tribes, state team up on harbor seal survey

Being Frank: Tribes, state team up on harbor seal survey

What we don’t know about of harbor seals and California sea lions could be hurting salmon, orcas

 

Guest opinion: Pacts offers path to streamside habitat protection

Guest opinion: Pacts offers path to streamside habitat protection

The most powerful actions we can take to recover our region’s salmon are to give our rivers and streams room to breathe while protecting the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Pacts offers path to streamside habitat protection

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

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

Bieng Frank: A bold move on salmon habitat
Guest opinion: Fixing habitat key to salmon recovery

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

Guest opinion: Fixing habitat key to salmon recovery
Being Frank: Pollution-based economy cannot be sustained

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: Pollution-based economy cannot be sustained
Being Frank: Cooperation is key to containing green crab invasion

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

Being Frank: Cooperation is key to containing green crab invasion
Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery

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

Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery
Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound

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

Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound
Guest opinion: Leadership, cooperation, commitment will recover salmon

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

Guest opinion: Leadership, cooperation, commitment will recover salmon
Being Frank: Salmon coalition a return to cooperation

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: Salmon coalition a return to cooperation
Being Frank: Habitat work shows promise of salmon recovery

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: Habitat work shows promise of salmon recovery
Being Frank: Tribes outraged by EPA move to roll back improved water quality standards

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

Being Frank: Tribes outraged by EPA move to roll back improved water quality standards
Guest opinion: Hatchery movie misguided, inaccurate

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: Hatchery movie misguided, inaccurate
Guest opinion: Politics, not science behind water quality rollback

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

Guest opinion: Politics, not science behind water quality rollback
Being Frank: Fisheries management more challenging every year

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

Being Frank: Fisheries management more challenging every year

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