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UPDATED: Action Alert: Help Protect the Marbled Murrelet in Washington State!
- Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:49
UPDATE: A previous version of this article had the wrong date for the public meeting, the correct date is January 19th!
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!
Extinction of the bird in our state would lead to a gap and genetic bottleneck between the southern populations in Oregon and N. California and the northern populations in British Columbia and Alaska. These populations are also under threat – for example, Marbled Murrelet in Alaska have declined 70% since the 1990’s.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing the Long-term Conservation Strategy, a plan for the next 50 years. But all their proposed alternatives will lead to the extinction of the Marbled Murrelet!
- Attend the public information meeting on January 19, 201 7, in Cathlamet, WA.
6:00—8:00 p.m., Julius A. Wendt Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 265 S. 3rd St.
Of the four meetings, this one is in our part of SW Washington. There will be no oral public comments, but your attendance will show that the public is concerned about the extinction of this species. Timber interests will be out in force, so attendance of every person who cares about Marbled Murrelet will be important!
DNR staff will describe the Marbled Murrelet plan for .5 hour and the Sustainable Harvest Calculation for .5 hour, and then there will be 1.0 hour for the public to ask questions of DNR staff at information tables. Your questions of DNR staff will be noted. You can also fill out a comments postcard – remember you can comment as many times as you like before the deadline.
- Comment on the Long Term Conservation Strategy by March 9, 2017.