Thanks to everyone who submitted public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) for the Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy. As of the March 9 deadline, an estimated 5,000 comments were received. Over the next several months, staff at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) will evaluate and summarize all the e-mails, letters, and postcards. If you provided an e-mail address with your comments, you will receive a copy of the summary.
“Protracted” is probably the best way to describe the process of developing this dEIS; the timeline for adopting a new Long-Term Conservation Strategy is likely to follow suit. First, the final EIS will be published. Then the Board of Natural Resources (BNR) will approve a conservation strategy (either one of the existing alternatives or a new alternative based on a combination of elements from the existing ones) or consider a supplemental dEIS, which would include the “conservation alternative” supported by BHAS and other conservation organizations.
The USFWS will then complete its Biological Opinion as to whether or not issuing an “incidental take” permit to the DNR—based on the preferred Long-Term Conservation Strategy alternative—is likely to jeopardize the species. Following...Read More
When: Earth Day, April 22 at 11 a.m.
Where: Washington State Capitol steps
Options: Heritage Park at Noon for Education Tables and Rally
Bring the kids, bring signs, and show where you stand on science! Our voices must be strong!
The March for Science Olympia is on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. We are having this March and Rally along with the one in Washington, D.C., and more than 400 national and international cities. In Olympia, our community will show their support for science and scientific research as we march from the Capitol steps to Heritage Park for a rally where we will hear speakers and learn from education booths. We want everyone to be able to attend. You can skip the March and join us at Heritage Park for our speakers and rally
“The March for Science is about supporting the public’s understanding of the scientific consensus and safeguarding the scientific community.” says Marco Rossaire Rossi, an organizer in Olympia. “The march will bring together members of our diverse communities who openly support the relationship between science and democracy.”
March for Science Olympia is a celebration of the importance of science in improving our...Read More
National Wildlife Federation and Veteran Conservation Corps are offering a specialized 24-hour training to teach you how help others to create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other private and public areas. This program is engaging, fun and highly informative and you get to meet and interact with local conservation professionals and other similarly interested folks! Expert speakers will present on topics such as: rain gardens, gardening for wildlife, native plants, invasive species removal, habitat restoration, pollinators, Pacific Northwest ecology, and much more! Benefits include: an NWF volunteer t-shirt, 24 hours of hands-on training, engaging field trips, a comprehensive training manual with local resources, instruction from local professionals, and continued support from NWF and VCC staff.
WHEN: Four 3-hour classroom sessions every Tuesday in April from 6:00-9:00pm. Two Saturday field trips (8th, 29th), plan on a full day!
WHERE: Lacey Veterans Services Hub (4232 6th Ave. SE, Ste. 202, Lacey, WA).
COST: $30, includes classroom materials; scholarships are available!
RSVP: Register here by April 3rd. Questions or concerns? Contact Sarah at WAHabitatCoordinator@nullnwf.org or (206) 577-7809.
*Prospective Habitat Stewards must commit to providing 30-hours of volunteer service on local conservation projects within a year after the training.Read More
Stream Team has arranged for an E-bird class to be taught by Bill Tweit, a long-time WDFW. biologist who is well known as an expert birder. E-bird is an ideal repository for the collected data. If you are interested, please contact me by email at RWADSRK@nullGmail.com.
(from Mar/April 2017 Echo newsletter, by Bob Wadsworth)
This endangered seabird feeds in the ocean and flies up to 55 miles inland to nest in old growth forest. The Washington state population of this unique bird has shrunk by 44% over the last 15 years, leaving only about 7,500 birds remaining. Now your input is needed to protect the Marbled Murrelet.
The Department of the Natural Resources (DNR) and the Long-Term Conservation Strategy
Statewide, the DNR manages approximately two million acres of land and 29-47% of DNR’s forests that are within 55 miles of salt water are critical to Marbled Murrelets. These state-owned forests are either classified as habitat occupied by nesting Marbled, are buffers around that habitat, or are biologically-important potential recovery habitat.