01 Sep

By The Columbian
Published: September 1, 2016

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Dick Dyrland
Dick Dyrland of Ridgefield, a long-time watershed restoration activist in Southwest Washington, was awarded the Presidents’ Fishery Conservation Award at the annual meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Kansas City in August.

A former hydrologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Dyrland has worked as a consulting hydrologist and head of Fish First, a conservation group focused on the Lewis River.

He is the president of Friends of the East Fork.

Dyrland has designed and installed projects on the East Fork of the Lewis River and Cedar and Mason creeks locally, plus several other locations in Washington and Oregon.

He also has done work on stream monitoring and results evaluation. Dyrland helped file three Clean Water Act suits which concluded in consent decrees to protect better the East Fork of the Lewis.

In a news release, AFS said, “He has dedicated himself to providing effective, sustainable on-the-ground solutions to the complex and daunting challenges faced by salmon recovery managers in the western United States.”

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Dick Dryland receiving his award at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting on August 24th.