The Fly Leaf October 2021 WDFW Regional Director’s Award
Funkhouser Lee2021-10-16 12:32:312021-10-24 08:51:05Frank Faha-Ebsen Access Dedication
A large group gathered on October 15th, 2021 to dedicate the Frank Faha Ebsen Fishing Access Site near the mouth of the Grande Ronde River. The group included numerous members of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club. Among those present were the many members who generously donated to the project and IEFFC member Jim Athearn, who was the project lead.
Members of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife were present as well as officers of the Washington State Council of Fly Fishers International to make the dedication. A monument honoring IEFFC member Frank Faha and a monument honoring the monetary commitment of numerous individuals and groups was unveiled at the ceremony.
The acquisition of this property was an example of extreme cooperation by numerous caring individuals and those involved are to be commended. The IEFFC was joined by the Wild Steelhead Coalition in a partnership that worked closely with WSDFW and WSCFFI to make this access site a reality. Numerous individuals and groups contributed to the purchase of the land, many of the individuals being members of the IEFFC.
Another key person who made a huge contribution to the Grande Ronde project was Mark Pinch. Without his technical knowledge and guidance on the real estate aspects of the project, we would have not been able to pull this off. He was always there to answer questions and look over our shoulders to make sure we were squared away with the all the intricacies of the real estate transactions.
A special thanks to the following IEFFC members donating to the acquisition: Jim Athearn, Leon Buckles, Bob Burton, Keith Kuester, Hubert Langenhorst, Bill Papesh, Mark Pinch, Chet Allison, Doug Arndt, John Bennett, Scott Fink, Jerry Harms, Bob Johnson, Jerry McBride, Jim McDevitt and Randy Shaber.
Included in those present at the dedication were members Frank Faha’s family, including his wife Gayle, pictured below.
Frank’s wife Gayle