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Update: Marbled Murrelet Long Term Conservation Strategy

By Charlotte Persons

On Thursday and Friday, August 17 and 18, 2017, four members of WHAS Conservation Committee attended the Board of Natural Resources’ special meeting in Cathlamet, WA.  Larry Brandt, WHAS president, was able to go on the BNR field trip on Thursday to many different sites in rural Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties. The goal of the field trip was to learn about different kinds of habitat and how they support now, or could in the future, Marbled Murrelet (MAMU) for breeding success.

As you probably know, MAMU are endangered in its entire range from California to Alaska, but numbers have been declining at 3-4% per year for over a decade in Washington State, especially in southwest Washington. Studies have shown that while ocean conditions are important, the principle factor in their disappearance is logging of the old growth forests that MAMU use for breeding.

Read more: Update: Marbled Murrelet Long Term Conservation Strategy

Urgent Action Alert: Attack on Public Lands

Our public lands in Washington state - the ones that belong to all of us - are under attack. On Tuesday, February 14, your legislators will be voting on a bill that will make it impossible for state agencies to protect existing and acquire new public lands. HB 1008 will force the state to sell off our existing public lands before we can acquire any new public lands. At a time when our population growth is bursting at the seams and preservation of green space and wild space is more important than ever, this is just plain short-sighted  

Click here to contact your Representatives and tell them to vote NO on HB 1008.

As someone who cares about birds and other wildlife, you know that our public lands are home to hundreds of bird species and a wide variety of wildlife, some of which already face huge threats from development, climate change, and other human impacts. In many cases, state public lands provide critical breeding habitat for species fighting for survival such as the Snowy Plover, Streaked horned Lark, and the Marbled Murrelet.

At a time when healthy habitat is dwindling, we should be focused on protecting public lands, not selling them off or creating new barriers.

We must stop this legislation in its tracks. Email your Representative today and ask them to vote NO on HB 1008. Our public lands are just too important.  

Action Alert:  Oppose Mining at Mt. St. Helens

To learn about the Goat Mountain area that would be affected by Ascot Resources’ proposed mine, watch this video:

Because of current mining laws, once a company can show a mine’s economic viability, it is very difficult to stop a mine on federal land. NOW is the time for you to act.

Go to this link https://cascadeforest.org/get-involved/action-item-2/ and sign the petition against the mine.  

To learn more about the work of Cascade Forest Conservancy, the sponsor of this petition, go to https://cascadeforest.org/our-work/mining/

Approval of this mining project would set terrible precedents. The mining lease area borders a national monument, and the land was bought with Land and Conservation Fund dollars for outdoor recreation and conservation.

Read more: Action Alert:  Oppose Mining at Mt. St. Helens

Dep. of Natural Resources Denies Lease for Millennium’s Coal Export Terminal in Longview

On January 3, 2017, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Peter Goldmark denied Millennium Bulk Terminal’s Ltd.’s for lease of public aquatic land that would be part of the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington. It is highly unlikely that Millennium can proceed without this permit. 

This is a victory for the Tribes, Washington’s Audubon chapters, other environmental organizations, and thousands of people who staunchly opposed this project for six years. Thank you to all who wrote comments, signed petitions, rallied, marched, wrote letters, gave public testimony, and lobbied our elected representatives. Your voices were heard.

At the same time, Commissioner Goldmark expanded Puget Sound’s Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve north of Bellingham, adding 45 acres previously considered for a large coal export terminal.

For more, see newspaper accounts or go to http://www.dnr.wa.gov/news/dnr-expands-puget-sound-columbia-river-protection

 

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