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The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has proposed to re-establish an oyster farm at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. A decision on county permits is expected before Christmas. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Washington: Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe awaits decision on oyster farm

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will know before Christmas whether it will secure two Clallam County permits needed for its proposal to re-establish its oyster farm inside the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.

Clallam County Hearing Examiner Andrew Reeves said during a hearing Thursday that he would render his decision on a Conditional Use Permit and a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit by Dec. 23.

The Clallam County Department of Community Development has recommended that Reeves deny the tribe’s application, arguing that the project is “not consistent with the Natural Shoreline Designation, does not meet the Shoreline CUP Criteria, and will negatively impact the wildlife at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge,” according to a Nov. 14 staff report.

Reeves typically is required to make a decision within 10 working days, but because he has “literally thousands of pages” he has reviewed, with more material already submitted, he asked the tribe for an extension to Dec. 23.

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