Leque Island – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled a public meeting at Stanwood’s Middle School cafeteria, to discuss the Leque Island Alternatives Analysis and Design Project. The meeting is on Wednesday, October 30th from 6:30-8:00 PM. The school is located at 9405 271st St. NW.
This is NOT a public comment meeting at which testimony will be heard. The WDFW staff will present background information, project goals, and the anticipated timeline for drafting conceptual designs and selection of a preferred alternative. Public members can volunteer to participate in Leque Project Working Groups which will consider issues that arise throughout the design and alternatives analysis process.
Attendees of the October 30th meeting will be invited to provide written feedback and commentary in a survey.
There will be a public meeting for discussion once the conceptual design alternatives are drafted.
The Pilchuck Audubon Conservation Committee and Board will be very involved throughout this process. Leque Island is among the most popular birding areas visited by PAS members, mostly via Eide Road. So, PAS members are invited to be part of the WDFW project process.
MBS Sustainable Roads
– Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Sustainable Roads meeting
-- This meeting has been rescheduled for Nov. 13th, 5:30-8 pm, at the Jackson Conference Center, Everett Community College. This is your opportunity to give input on which Forest Service Roads within MBS Forest should be kept open. If you pre-registered for the Oct. 9th meeting which was concelled, you will be notified of the change. If you have not registered and wish to attend, register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
. To provide comment online, go to: http://mbssustainableroads.wordpress.com
WSACC Resolutions – At the annual Washington State Audubon Conservation Committee’s meeting on October 4th at Bellevue College, two resolutions were submitted and passed.
1) Audubon Washington asked WSACC to support proposed Bureau of Land Management plan changes in the Eastern Washington and San Juan Resource Management Plan. The changes would support the highest level of protection for Greater-Sage Grouse and Sharp-tailed Grouse species recovery goals, and support a healthy ecosystem for these birds and other critters. The affected lands are in eastern Washington.
2) At the request of Seattle Audubon, WSACC will support science-based Marbled Murrelet conservation planning, policies and strategies in current planning by the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This applies to DNR’s upcoming planning phase of its Marbled Murrelet Long Term Conservation Strategy with special emphasis upon SW Washington forests.
WSACC Legislative Draft Priorities – Planning has begun for the 2014 Washington State Legislative Session, to open in January 2014. This is called the “short session,” as it runs for 60 days. Historically, the short session deals with supplemental budget requests from state agencies. As the “long session” (120 days) of 2013 did not complete budget making for transportation and other “big ticket items,” the short session is likely to produce another extraordinary (special) session. This concerns the 2013-2015 Biennium.
Very preliminary priority setting by the Environmental Priorities Coalition of which Washington Audubon is a member includes the following: 1) closing the “Big Oil Tax Loophole; 2) stop production of PCBs in Washington State; 3) appropriate $10 million for DNR to collaboratively develop a forest landscape health plan; 4) close some air emission loopholes available to TransAlta’s coal-fired power plant in Centralia; 5) improve the State’s oil spill prevention and cleanup plans with a funding proposal.
All of these items were legislative proposals in the 2013 legislative session. The Big Oil Tax Loophole bill was defeated. The other bills did not progress through the session.
Do you want to receive 2014 Legislative Alerts? – Contact Allen Gibbs at email@example.com
Lead Ammunition Banned in California! – Governor Jerry Brown on October 11th signed a bill banning lead ammunition use and sale. One in five California Condors have significant levels of lead in their bloodstreams, as a result of eating carrion shot with lead ammunition and leading to their deaths. The legislation will phase out lead ammunition use and sales by 2019.
Around the North Sound News – A developer proposing to bottle water from Anacortes’ municipal supply has dropped such plans. – The Swinomish Indian Tribe has won a lawsuit protecting instream flows. - A race track/condo development is proposed for a destination resort at the state/county park located on the grounds of the former Northern State Hospital, adjacent to the smokestack now a roosting site for Vaux’s swifts. – NW I Regional Spring 2014 Meeting of the Whidbey, San Juan Islands, North Cascades, Skagit, and Pilchuck chapters leadership will be in March at the Breazeale Padilla Bay-Breazeale Interpretive Center.
– The Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival planning is underway for April 25-27, 2014. Information about the Hoquiam-based festival is available at: http://www.shorebirdfestival.com/
The October 2014 Audubon Council of Washington and WSACC annual meetings will occur in the Grays Harbor vicinity. Focus may be on a new proposal to build an oil export terminal, now that plans for a coal export terminal have been dropped.