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Events related to the climate crisis, whether sponsored by OCA or others

Stream Walks Offered Starting Dec. 2

Contact:
Robbie Mantooth
ennis@olypen.com
360-808-3139

Guided walks to Ennis Creek are being offered by appointment starting December 2. The free walks will focus on lower Ennis Creek, near Highway 101 and can include opportunities to see some areas where habitat has been improved as well as those still needing restoration.

Friends of Ennis Creek is sponsoring the walks as the group’s first activity after reorganizing earlier this fall, according to the organization’s founders, Jim and Robbie Mantooth.

“The newly expanded Friends group decided the best way to encourage understanding and actions to benefit fish habitat in Ennis Creek as well as in other streams is through helping people see the great contrasts restoration work makes,” Robbie Mantooth said. “Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal members and Fisheries Habitat Biologist/Manager Mike McHenry have made significant habitat improvements on the conservation easement we established with North Olympic Land Trust. We see more salmon in spawning gravels created by strategic placement of logs and boulders.”

In addition to coho salmon, Ennis Creek hosts cutthroat trout and endangered steelhead.

McHenry told Friends participants at a recent meeting that some parts of the creek are confined artificially, resulting in loss of gravel salmon need for spawning, especially on the former Rayonier mill site and on some other areas north of Highway 101. The habitat biologist and a counterpart Rayonier staff member led planning for Ennis Creek restoration on the mill site. Even before that work is completed, he said it is important for property owners along the stream to do everything possible to improve fish habitat.

The habitat program has contributed to stream restoration in the Elwha River as well as many other smaller streams, he said. Logs are used not only to slow water down to benefit spawning gravels but also to help young fish have places to grow and be safe from predators.

The Tribe contributes resources for improving habitat on Ennis Creek as an important part of its history and its treaty rights. The ancient Klallam village is depicted in murals at the Port Angeles City Pier alongside the Puget Sound Cooperative Colony, established in the late 19th century and an important part of the City’s early development. Both were located at the mouth of Ennis Creek.

Snowfields above 6,000 feet elevation in Olympic National Park help maintain the stream temperatures beneficial to salmon and steelhead. Much of Ennis Creek is within Olympic National Park and lands administered by the Department of Natural Resources, reducing impacts from development. It enters Port Angeles Harbor from the former Rayonier mill site, where the Washington State Department of Ecology is coordinating hazardous waste cleanup with estimated completion within 7 to 10 years.

In recent decades, studies of Ennis Creek have described the 8.65-mile-long stream as having the greatest potential among those in the Port Angeles urban area. The State Department of Transportation is designing a replacement for its fish passage under Highway 101, estimated to cost more than $18 million and be completed by 2023. The City of Port Angeles has applied for funding to remedy other fish passage problems on East Ennis Creek Road.

“It’s an exciting time to learn what we can do as individuals and through governments and other organizations to help the fish while other plans are in the works,” Robbie Mantooth said.

Appointments for stream walks are available through ennis@olypen.com or phoning 360-808-3139, she said. “Volunteers as well as professionals are helping so we can provide as many opportunities as possible to fit people’s schedules.”

“Time for a Green New Deal”

Come learn the latest about the fight for climate justice
with Bobby Righi

of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA).

Co-Sponsored by 24th LD Democrats, Indivisible Port Townsend, Local 20/20 Jefferson County, Olympic Climate Action, and Sierra Club North Olympic Group. 

Thursday, October 24, 6 pm, Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler Street,
Port Townsend

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2 pm, Olympic Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1033 N. Barr Road,
Sequim 

Artifishal

Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard,
has followed his 2014 documentary DamNation
with a new film:

Artifishal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature.

Sign the Petition for the Salmon
See the interview with Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard

Get the Facts

  • What’s The Difference Between Wild, Hatchery And Farmed Fish?
  • Don’t We Need Hatcheries To Make Up For Habitat Loss?
  • How Can Putting More Fish In The River Result In Fewer Fish To Catch?
  • Who Pays For And Manages Fish Hatcheries?
  • What About Tribal Fishing Rights?
  • If We’re Serious About Helping Wild Salmon And Orcas Survive In Puget Sound, What’s The Solution?
  • But Wouldn’t More Hatchery Fish Provide Immediate Relief For Starving Orcas?
  • How Can We Help Klamath River Wild Salmon Recover After The Dams Are Removed?
  • Can I Eat Salmon Without Supporting Hatcheries And Net-Pen Fish Farms?
  • How Quickly Can Wild Fish Recover When We Restore Habitat And Remove Hatcheries And Dams?
  • Won’t Fewer Hatcheries Mean Fewer Fishing Opportunities?

Effects of short-term choir participation on auditory perception in older adults.
— Canadian Acoustical Association

Climate on Tap at FinnRiver Farm & Cidery

Climate on Tap – Monday, October 7th, 6-7:30 p.m.

FinnRiver Farm & Cidery, 124 Center Road, Chimacum, WA 98325

Join us for monthly solutions-oriented sessions on issues related to climate change at FinnRiver Farm and Cidery in Chimacum. Co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action and Jefferson County Public Health, this is not a lecture series, but a book club and discussion format. Each session includes information to get the conversation started, followed by group discussions that include what locals think and what locals plan to do. 

The next session is called “There is no Planet B – how do Millennials and GenZ envision their future?” This session will be facilitated by Students for Sustainability, a group from Port Townsend High School who are dedicated to taking action to mitigate climate change at their school, in their community, their state, and at a national level. 

The session topic for Monday, November 4th is “How Do You Talk Respectfully With Others About Climate Change?” 

For summaries of all the previous sessions, click here.

For further information email Laura Tucker or call 360-379-4491

Join Climate Strike Week on the Peninsula! Sept. 20-28

Greta Thunberg explains why we must halt business as usual

Beginning September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will mobilize for a week across the world to demand transformative action to address the climate crisis. Millions will take to the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to join us! Activities are planned for a solid week, all across the Olympic Peninsula…join one, or organize one yourself and let us know about it! We will update the list below as additional events get planned. Our house is on fire! There is no time to waste!

MSNBC, Georgetown University, and Our Daily Planet will lead up to this important week by hosting a two-day climate forum with the 2020 Presidential candidates Sept. 19-20.

Date

Time

Place

Event

Friday, 9/20

10 am

Port Townsend HS, Fir and F Streets, baseball field

Climate Strike Port Townsend: Student walkout at Port Townsend HS, Fir and F streets, baseball field–adults welcome

Friday, 9/20

5 pm

Port Angeles: Hollywood Beach, then the Gateway

Climate Strike Port Angeles: Rally/speakers/march/street art–bring signs, washable sidewalk chalk

Saturday, 9/21

All day

Peninsula beaches

International Coastal Cleanup

Saturday, 9/21

7 pm

Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St.

Screening of The Reluctant Radical, with Michael Foster of the Valve Turners speaking

Sunday, 9/22

4 pm

Webster’s Woods, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center

Interfaith Earthcare Coalition Celebration–ceremony & prayer–bring a small vial of water from a natural source and a chair or blanket

Monday, 9/23

All day

Anywhere

“Call Jaime Dimon Day” on the Olympic Peninsula (CEO of Chase Bank, the largest funder of fossil fuel projects)

Tuesday, 9/24

3:30 pm

Sequim Av. & Washington St.

Climate Strike Sequim: Demonstration–bring signs

Tuesday-Sunday, 9/24-9/28

Various

Clallam Bay and Forks

Earth Strike West End: Discussions, action, and potluck

Thursday, 9/26

6 pm

Port Angeles Fountain, 1st & Laurel

Ukulele Flash Mob for Climate–bring ukes or other instruments and see link for song chart

  • Organizers are asking people to wear black and red.
  • Here’s the music Strike Song video:
    • We’re gonna Strike cuz our waters are rising
    • We’re gonna Strike cuz our people are dying
    • We’re gonna Strike for life and everything we love
    • We’re gonna Strike for you, will you Strike for us? (x2)
  • And here are some quick science talking points you can use when talking it up!

Tickets are now available for Antonio Zamora’s launch event

On Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Leaven Community Center in Portland, OR. Admission is free for this exciting evening.

Please SAVE THE Seattle DATE for For the People’s annual fundraiser Saturday, November 9
5-8pm in Seattle. Tickets are now available online.

To help us better plan food and logistics, be sure to get your FREE ticket now.

Come gather to celebrate grassroots organizing and meet the founders of For The People. Show up for Antonio Zamora, who relentlessly gives solidarity to many communities struggling against killer cops, climate change, and fascism.
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