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OFCO v. Coast Seafoods Oral Arguments Before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Paul Kampmeier of Kampmeier & Knutsen, PLLC, attorney for OFCO, presented oral arguments in the case on appeal by Coast before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 8. View the video from the court here.

The court will give its ruling on whether Coast was required to apply for an NPDES permit under the Clean Water Act in the next few months.

With appreciation to Paul for his dedicated defense of the marine waters of the OP!

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People’s Public Hearing on Atlantic Salmon Net Pens

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National Park Service Extends Comment Deadline to October 10 on Goat Removal Plan – OFCO Submits Comment

Please click here to review background information.

The Olympic Forest Coalition has submitted a comment on the National Park Service’s Mountain Goat Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Our colleagues of the Olympic Park Associates are requesting that our members write and express their support for a modified Alternative D. Click here to view OPA’s web page.

OFCO supports the capture and removal of non-native goats, with their relocation to the North Cascades which have declining populations, and lethal removal. While the lethal removal of invasive non-native goats is a heartbreaking option, the removal plan from the 1980s failed to stop the destruction of alpine habitats and allowed this aggressive species to increase in population at 8% per year. This has led to further degradation of natural areas, public safety problems in popular recreation areas and a tragic death. Click here to see OFCO’s comment. Please consider the issue carefully, review the science and plan, and write a comment today!


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OFCO Requests Governor Implement Permanent Salmon Net Pen Ban

                                    – Sam Beebe/Ecotrust

OFCO Board VP Lorna Smith has spearheaded OFCO’s request to Governor Jay Inslee to permanently ban Atlantic salmon net pens in marine waters off the Olympic Peninsula. Click here to see OFCO’s letter. Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz called for a temporary ban after the disastrous release of non-native Atlantic salmon from Cooke Aquaculture’s Cypress Island operation.

The State has temporarily suspended new net pen permits while they investigate the incident. Click here to view the State’s Incident Command page. OFCO has asked the Governor to ban all non-native net pens in Washington, to close existing ones and to stop any permitting of future pens. The damage has been done, however. According to Smith, tribal natural resources agencies have reported gravid Atlantic salmon upstream. On September 15, Washington State Dept. of Ecology ordered Cooke to turn over information by Oct. 30.

DOE is pursuing Cooke’s violation of state and federal law. The Dept. of Natural Resources’ longer-term plans include recovery of salmon, developing better oversight of existing net pen operations, but not a ban. Tribes on the OP are calling for a ban to protect native fish following efforts to capture released fish in an attempt to prevent their entering Washington’s rivers.

The solution: a long-term ban and payment of clean-up and damages by Cooke. Watch for updates as a campaign for a permanent ban develops.

Recommended for viewing to learn more about the issue: Salmon Confidential, a documentary about net pens in Canada.

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OFCO Submits Comment on Navy’s NWTT SEIS Expanding Militarization of the Olympic Peninsula

The Department of the Navy announced that it will undertake a supplemental (SEIS) to the 2015 Northwest Training and Testing Final EIS/OEIS. The Navy is seeking comments on the scope of the SEIS:

“to assess the potential environmental effects associated with military readiness activities, including training and research, development, testing, and evaluation (hereafter referred to as “training and testing”) activities conducted within the EIS/OEIS Study Area (hereafter referred to as the “Study Area”). As part of this process, the Navy will seek the issuance of federal regulatory permits and authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act to support future military readiness activities within the Study Area beyond 2020.”

OFCO submitted this comment, renewing concerns of earlier comments about segmenting the NEPA process associated with the more than 30 EAs/EISs/SIESs associated with the increased militarization of the Olympic Peninsula, scheduled over the next three years. The impacts on threatened and endangered species on the OP and in associated marine waters, human health and local economies have not been addressed properly in the Navy’s analyses. The Navy extended the comment deadline to Oct. 6, and provided a web portal for comments, a much-needed change in its procedure to inform and include affected communities.