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Clark River and Pack River restoration presentation

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June’s Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society meeting will feature Kathy Cousins presenting “Review of Pack River Restoration and Highlights of Upcoming Clark River Delta Restoration Project. Cousins has been the Mitigation Staff Biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in northern Idaho, working currently in wildlife mitigation for the construction, inundation and operation of the Albeni Falls Dam since 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science (honors) in biology from the University of British Columbia in 1987 and went on to receive her masters in animal physiology in 1995. After this she worked for the University of Hawaii for three years, studying the physiology of tuna and broadbill swordfish; and then worked for the NOAA Fisheries and the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council, where she specialized in developing programs to aid fishermen to reduce interactions between their fishing operations and the seabirds, sea turtles, and marine mammals. Cousins has also worked with international and national organizations and agencies to try and reduce marine pollution and marine invasive species.

On Saturday, June 28, 2014, in a program co-sponsored by the City of Sandpoint’s Parks and Recreation department, Cousins will talk about the implementation of restoration projects of mitigate wildlife habitat losses that are due to the construction and operation of hydroelectric projects in the Pend Oreille watershed. With the Pack and Clark Rivers draining into Lake Pend Oreille, and Lake Pend Oreille feeding the Pend Oreille River which then feeds the Columbia River, these projects will ultimately affect a very large area.

The event will begin at 9:45 a.m. and will be held at the Sandpoint Community Hall, 204 First Avenue, Sandpoint, ID. The meeting is open to all and free of charge.

The Community hall is located at the south end of town. To get there from the south, take Hwy 95, cross the long bridge, take the exit to town, go one block to First Avenue, turn right, and the Community Hall is the log building on the west side of First.

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