OFCO contributed to a joint comment submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Washington Department of Natural Resources on the Long-Term Conservation Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet and the permit for incidental take of endangered species on state-managed forested trust lands. The Marbled Murrelet Coalition submitted the comment.
Washington Forest Law Center (WFLC) led the key scientific and policy portion of the comments, and Conservation Northwest and Washington Environmental Council led the economic impacts analysis. Experts Dr. Kara Whittaker, David Lank and Mike Ruth provided the science and geospatial analysis. Experts Ernie Niemi and Paula Swedeen provided economic analysis. Peter Goldman, WFLC, provided the legal analysis. See the full comment here. Thank you to all OFCO members and supporters who also submitted comments.
DEADLINE: Thursday, December 6
Folks, we know this is very last-minute notice, but we would appreciate it very much if you would take quick action to send a message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) asking them to protect this endangered species and the forests they inhabit for nesting.
This little bird is a magnificent wonder of Mother Nature. It lives on the ocean but breeds in our old-growth forests. For the past 17 years, its population has declined by 44% in our state because of habitat loss. Many environmental organizations and coalition partners have made this bird’s recovery a major priority. All of us are working very hard to protect this endangered species in our state.
Currently, there are 8 alternatives being considered of management options for the long-term protection of the Marbled Murrelet. None of the alternatives is strong enough to support a good recovery on state-managed lands. Unless strong protections are put in place, we will lose this species forever.
Please click on the link below and it will direct you to a form on DNR’s site that will take you only a couple of minutes or so to complete. The same form will also be sent to USFWS, so you do not need to duplicate efforts. Please urge them to protect this species!
Write to DNR and USFWS today to help protect Marbled Murrelets and their habitat.
The deadline for comments is December 6. Your comments will be delivered to both DNR and USFWS through the official comment portal handled by DNR.
Please click here to view a PDF document showing sample comments you can use.
Thank you for caring about our forests and wildlife!
The Jefferson Community Foundation accepted OFCO’s proposal to support our work on the Washington state “Solutions Table.” Commissioner of Public Lands HiIary Franz convened the advisory group to help support both the Marbled Murrelet and community needs, including Jefferson County. Please consider giving to OFCO during the campaign. See more information about the project and all the great work being done by nonprofits in Jefferson County here.
Megan Friesen of Seattle Audubon, and our colleague in the Marbled Murrelet Survival Coalition, says, “In case you didn’t know already, July 3 is #worldseabirdday (last day the Great Auk was observed alive in 1844).”
Celebrate World Seabird Day with the Marbled Murrelet! Send this video produced by the Washington Environment Council to your friends and family! Help spread the word about this incredible little seabird!
B.C. First Nations and Conservationists to B.C. Premier:
No Salmon Net Pen Lease Renewal
British Columbia First Nations led the effort to stop salmon net pen operations in their territories to protect the wild salmon in the Salish Sea. OFCO joined Our Sound, Our Salmon coalition members to sign on to a letter requesting that B.C. Premier Hogan not renew the 20 leases that were due to expire in B.C.
Noted scientist Alexandra Morton’s take on the decision: Ministers and B.C. government acknowledged problems with diseased salmon and impacts on wild salmon, moved leases to “month by month” instead of renewing for a full term. It is unclear if the decision gives leases four more years of operation or if First Nations will actually have a say to stop net pens operating in their territories with diseased fish.
Members of the ‘Namgis First Nation stand in protest of a ship transferring one million Atlantic salmon smolts to Marine Harvest’s Swanson Island Farm. Days before this photo was taken, the Canadian Federal Court dismissed the First Nation’s court bid to block the restocking of the open-net salmon farm in its traditional territories off northern Vancouver Island, claiming that the ‘Namgis had filed their application ‘too late,’ but admitting that there was a ‘real and non-speculative likelihood of harm’ from the net pen operation. Photo: Alexandra Morton