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Urgent Action: Comment Letters to State Needed to Stop Marbled Murrelet Extinction on State Lands

Feb. 22 – Hear Expert Live on Conservation Alternative

Write Comment by March 9, 5 PM, to Support Conservation Alternative

Urgent action is needed now to support the Conservation Alternative from the Marbled Murrelet Survival Project to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

OFCO members have worked for over 30 years to ensure that Marbled Murrelets, an endangered species designated at the federal and state levels, survive the multiple challenges from environmental degradation of the forest and marine environments where they live. The clock has run down; the time to act is NOW.

DNR’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Long-Term Conservation Strategy proposes alternatives that will not protect this important indicator species for our area. The Marbled Murrelet Survival Project, including OFCO and other important conservation organizations, has commissioned scientific and economic experts to propose an alternative that will protect the species: the Conservation Alternative. We need your support immediately!

Tune in to the webinar on Feb. 22 and hear scientific expert Dr. Kara Whittaker explain our proposal. Write in support of the alternative by March 9. Decades of work have come down to this!

Webinar: Wed., Feb. 22, 2 PM PT
Join the webinar with access to presentation and materials: You have to go online first!
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/957452301
Dial in for phone only: United States: +1 (408) 650-3123  Access Code: 957-452-301
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Learn about and submit your comment letter in support of the Conservation Alternative.

PLEASE write a personal and organizational comment letter in support of the Conservation Alternative to protect the Marbled Murrelet by March 9, 5 PM.

Comments should be submitted to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Center at sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov or SEPA Center, PO Box 47015, Olympia, WA 98504-7015. The subject line of all comments should include “SEPA File No. 12-042001.” For more information on the DEIS, click here.

Every comment will matter in this 11th hour to protect this endangered species. Write from your heart, and your head! Encourage your family to write. Every letter matters! If you want more information about the Conservation Alternative to write your letter, contact Patricia at info@olympicforest.org. We will have points for your letter.

Watch our new Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, on the need to protect the Marbled Murrelet here.

Please also write about the timber-cutting levels tied to the Long-Term Conservation Strategy; we need your comments on that too, by March 9, 5 PM. The subject line of those comments should include “SEPA File No. 15-012901.” See: www.dnr.wa.gov/shc. They are twins; one impacts the other.

Thank you!

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