Eagles on Dabob Bay / Photo by Connie Gallant
The Shoreline Conditional Use proposal is of concern because of the deteriorating environment in Quilcene and Dabob Bays, Puget Sound, and the Salish Sea, from cumulative impacts of the commercial aquaculture shellfish industry, climate change, and other polluting industries. The Olympic Forest Coalition (OFCO) joined the comments and concerns of residents Mark Knudsen, et al, with regard to the Dabob Bay Natural Areas, and the Olympic Environment Council, with regard to the impacts of plastic structures on the marine environment. OFCO requested the Jefferson County Department of Community Development not issue the permit as the application does not provide adequate information about environmental impacts, analysis of impacts on species and the natural area, nor mitigation measures. OFCO also requests the Department hold a public hearing.
Please click to see OFCO’s comments and addendum below:
MLA20-00124 Shoreline Conditional Use Application Comment OFCO(1)
MLA20-00124 Shoreline Conditional Use Application Comment OFCO Addendum
Olympic Forest Coalition (OFCO), Conservation Northwest, and Washington Environmental Council are pleased that on March 3, 2021 the Washington Supreme Court granted direct review in Conservation NW, et al. v. Commissioner of Public Lands et al., No.; 99183-9. This historic case asks the Court to interpret the plain terms of the Washington State Constitution providing that state forests are held in trust “for all the people.”
The organizations are urging the Court to hold that the plain terms “for all the people” and Washington’s unique federal land grant history authorize and require the State to manage these five million acres of state public lands not just for income maximization but also to consider factors like climate change (carbon sequestration), tribal treaty rights, clean water, habitat for threatened and endangered species, and other public benefits. At the same time as advancing this historic appeal, the organizations are also genuinely committed to working with the specific economic beneficiaries to ensure any reforms in how Washington’s state forests are managed will be sustainable, equitable, and fair to the communities who have been historically-dependent on the state forests.
Press Release: Statement_WA Supreme Court grants CNW, OFCO, WEC. v. Commissioner of Public Lands et al