Conservation Events

October 1, 2018Conservation Challenges in Thurston County

Black Hills Audubon faces several conservation challenges in Thurston County this fall, for which member participation is invited. Mineral Lands Policy Thurston County is considering radical changes in the code of the Mineral Lands chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.  BHAS seeks your help in sending emails to the Planning Commissioners and/or County Commissioners.  By coordinating with other environmental organizations, we hope to generate many more than the 120 emails (to the Planning Commission) that we...

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August 30, 2018Lake Lawrence Cell Tower Hearing (Remand) Set For Sept. 11

The remand hearing on the Lake Lawrence cell tower construction will be held Sep. 11, 10 am, at the Thurston County Courthouse.  BHAS opposes locating the proposed tower so close to several water features where waterfowl concentrate.  The water features include a Priority 2 pond, the Deschutes River, the Smith Ranch wetlands, and the nearby Lake Lawrence, all southwest of Yelm.  The presence of BHAS members and other citizens is important to demonstrate opposition to...

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July 26, 2018Black Hills Audubon Surveys Birds on Wildlife-Rich Tract Acquired by Capitol Land Trust with Help from BHAS

Black Hills Audubon is now a partner in the acquisition of Blooms Preserve in the Black River watershed, north of Littlerock.  Formerly part of the Holm ranch, this 60-acre conservation land is now owned by Capitol Land Trust (CLT), with help from the Maytown Conservation Fund, managed by BHAS.  This tract of prairie and woodland includes Blooms Ditch — a salmon-bearing channelized stream — and can be managed for conservation of Oregon spotted frogs, a...

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May 30, 2018Your Comments Needed about Impact on Birds by the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project in Lewis and Thurston Counties

RES-Americas proposes to install 38 wind-energy turbines on ridge tops in northern Lewis County, with part of the infrastructure in Thurston County.  Like National Audubon Society, the Black Hills Audubon Society supports wind-energy projects as long as the direct damage to birds from the turbines is appropriately minimized and mitigated. The public is invited to comment on the scope of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) by both Lewis County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. ...

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