Rep. Mike Chapman spearheaded an effort to get a bill signed into law that would support Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz’s multi-stakeholder “Solutions Table,” Marbled Murrelet protections, and communities. The advisory group will include representatives from industry, conservation groups, Trust beneficiaries (counties) and others. The Solutions Table will look at strategies for funding essential services in Olympic Peninsula communities. The bill will have the Dept. of Natural Resources report to the legislature on developments.
“This legislation brings everyone together, so we can listen to each other and work together with the federal government because the Endangered Species Act is a federal law that we can’t change in Olympia,” said Rep. Chapman.
Gov. Inslee signed the bill into law on March 23.