DNR RADIO: FOR IMMEDIATE USE — PLEASE USE UNTIL JUNE 30, 2013
Radio Stations: Two (2) audio clips in .mp3 are available for this story—audio clip links are indicated in the text below.
June 5, 2013
A complete 1:15 minute (approximately) script with two (2) MP3 audio links about the impending seasonal deadline for forest owners to apply to a DNR program that provides financial help to replace culverts that block fish migration in forest streams (with Tami Miketa, Manager of the DNR Small Forest Landowner Office).
A short news script about the impending seasonal deadline for forest owners to apply to a DNR program that provides financial help to replace culverts that block fish migration in forest streams.
HOW DOES THE FISH CROSS THE ROAD?
DNR program can help small forest landowners
Tami Miketa, Manager of the DNR Small Forest Landowner Office
(ANNOUNCER) Do you own forestland? The State Department of Natural Resources has a program that helps forest owners replace culverts with new structures that allow fish to reach feeding and spawning grounds.
Barrier culverts and other structures in streams block fish getting upstream. The Family Forest Fish Passage Program helps forest owners replace those culverts with new structures at little or no cost to the landowner.
Tami Miketa, Manager of the Small Forest Landowner Office, explains the impact this program is having on fish in Washington state.
(CUT ONE – 30 seconds)
Download audio clip at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_miketa_fffpp_cut1_dnrradio_06052013.mp3
(TAMI MIKETA) “SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2003, OVER 232 FISH BARRIERS, USUALLY IN THE FORM OF ROAD CULVERTS, HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED ON NONINDUSTRIAL FORESTLAND. THIS RE-OPENED ABOUT 500 MILES OF STREAM HABITAT TO MIGRATING SALMON AND TROUT.”
“RECENTLY, THE STATE LEGISLATURE ALLOTTED $10 MILLION DOLLARS TO THIS PROGRAM. DNR IS WORKING WITH DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE, THE RECREATION AND CONSERVATION OFFICE, AND A NUMBER OF PROJECT SPONSORS – INCLUDING TRIBES, SALMON ENHANCEMENT GROUPS AND CONSERVATION DISTRICTS – TO COMPLETE NEARLY 100 PROJECTS STATEWIDE IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS.”
(ANNOUNCER): Miketa says that even if you are not sure that your culvert is a barrier to fish, you can apply to the program and have it evaluated at no cost.
(CUT TWO – 14 seconds)
Download audio clip at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_miketa_fffpp_cut2_dnrradio_06052013.mp3
(TAMI MIKETA) “IF YOU’RE A FOREST LANDOWNER THIS PROGRAM MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU REPLACE A CULVERT ON YOUR PROPERTY. IT’S REALLY A GREAT DEAL FOR A LANDOWNER. MOST PEOPLE THINK THIS PROGRAM IS JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. THE LEGISLATURE RECOGNIZED THE HIGH COST OF REPLACING THIS KIND OF STRUCTURE, AND THAT ALLOWS US TO STEP IN AND HELP.”
(ANNOUNCER): The Family Forest Fish Passage Program is accepting applications until June 30th for the next construction season. For more information, call DNR’s Small Forest Landowner Office at 360-902-1404.
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Media Contact: Bob Redling, Senior Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-902-1149.