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Decision by Jefferson County to Permit Commercial Shellfish Operation Risks Dabob Bay

   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

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WA Supreme Court Accepts Conservation Lawsuit for “All the People”

 

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

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Our Supporters and Members rock!

For your great response to our year-end fund appeal. We raised over $3,000. Needed now more than ever – major changes that rolled back protections for over 3 million acres of Northern Spotted Owl habitat in WA, OR and CA, and exempting thousands of acres of federal lands from NEPA were put into place in December 2020. There is a lot of work to do. Watch for news updates and action alerts. Check our Newsletters!

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Measuring the impact of military flights on the Olympic Peninsula soundscape

Noise is expected in urban settings, but what happens when noise infiltrates rural and wilderness areas, even one of the country’s most beloved National Parks?

In this virtual talk, environmental scientist Lauren Kuehne shares the results of several years’ work to measure the extent of noise pollution on the Olympic Peninsula from military training flights by some of the most powerful aircraft in the world. Training with these aircraft (called Growlers) initiated in 2016, leading to almost immediate complaints from residents and visitors, and the US Navy is set to increase the number of flights in 2021.

Ms. Kuehne will discuss results from the monitoring work and describe planned future work to assess impacts on wildlife and communities, within the broader picture of policy and regulatory processes related to noise pollution in the wilderness (and urban) areas. These include the Environmental Impact Statement currently in progress, the role of the Federal Aviation Administration, and advocacy-based organizations. This work has been recently covered by multiple local and regional media outlets, including the Seattle Times, the Tacoma News Tribune, and the Olympian, so this talk is an opportunity to hear about the science directly.

Date and Time: Thursday, January 28th @ 4:00 pm

Meeting registration and link: Join with Google Meet meet.google.com/dci-bqpu-hgm or Join by phone +1 316-550-0106 (PIN: 141543102)

Where: University of Puget Sound, Thompson Hall Science and Mathematics Seminar, info at https://www.pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/arts-at-puget-sound/thsms/  

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Support Dabob and Toandos Heritage Forests

[OFCO supports Peter Bahls, Executive Director of Northwest Watershed Institute on the following issue]:

Friends of Dabob Bay and Toandos Peninsula:

Protecting the Heritage Forests of the Toandos Peninsula will require the State Legislature to support funding the Trust Land Transfer program (TLT) – a  little known program makes it possible for the WA Department of Natural Resources to reimburse the School Trust when high priority conservation lands are taken out of timber production and permanently protected. It also allows DNR to buy replacement lands for the School Trust more suitable for timber production.

A statewide coalition of conservation groups and education advocates are asking the Legislature to fund four TLT projects during this 2021-23 biennium, including Devils Lake Natural Area Addition on Dabob Bay, where the Natural Area boundaries were expanded with broad public support in 2016. At Devils Lake, a total of 370 acres of state timberland are proposed for permanent protection that includes rare forests and 1 mile of steep pristine shoreline.

With your help, we can build support for TLT funding so that by the next 2023-25 biennium, Toandos Forest can also be protected as part of an expanded Dabob Bay Natural Area.”

Contact your elected officials directly or sign the petition and send a message to Olympia.

Thank you!