Enviros lose challenge to log sale in Murrelet habitat

It was a sleepy Friday afternoon in Judge Harper’s courtroom in Port Townsend. Folks wanted to finish up the day, and get on with their weekend. Looking out the large windows of the 1890 era courthouse  that frame the Olympics to the west, it seemed a long way from the major issues of our time. Far to the west, US hopes for a western style middle east were unraveling. But closer to home, west on the coast of Jefferson County, an ongoing court battle is playing out to save what little habitat remains for a bird that is battling for real survival, the Marbled Murrelet. And this courtroom was right now, ground zero.

The Murrelet nests in old growth, huge trees that can sustain it’s eggs in the crotch of a branch high up off the forest floor, since the bird doesn’t actually build a nest. As the big trees vanished (less than 1% remain of the original old forest), the bird is an indicator of the health of the forest. Audubon and other environmental groups sued the federal government in the 90s to protect the last habitat of the Murrelet. They won, and a large scale plan was put in place to work with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to protect and preserve the remaining forests where the bird lived. That last part was very important, as the state wants to cut anything that isn’t directly a location of bird nests, or their immediate buffer zones. In 1997, the DNR received a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) from the USFWS, which required them to complete a Long Term Conservation Strategy (LTCS) by 2007 at the latest. That plan has never been completed, and is currently scheduled for adoption in 2016. In 2008, the DNR issued the so-called Science Report, on conservation of the Marbled Murrelet on State-managed lands. It called for large management areas centered on multiple nest sites called MMMAs in the OESF and SW Washington. This DNR Science Report has never been accepted or implemented by the agency, but remains the best available science.

The environmental community wants to protect these large areas around the nests, to ensure breeding pairs have habitat. The issue at hand in the courtroom had to do with one of these MMMAs in the Goodman Creek drainage, five small units totaling 230 acres. The units themselves don’t mean a lot in causing the loss of the whole species. They are not old growth and have no nests, but they do pose a risk to adjacent nesting Murrelets, because, if logged, of hosting an invasion by crows and jays which eat Murrelet eggs and baby birds.

The fate of the Murrelet is tied to the State’s desire to cut all the remaining old growth outside the national parks, in a sustainable way.  DNR wants to do that because the State’s founders, thinking that they could never cut all the timber, used the timber sales to fund the State’s schools. Now, with our rural areas still reeling from the Wall St. induced financial crisis, the pressure on our state agencies and politicians to give up habitat for jobs and tree sales is hard to fight.

But a group of conservation minded folks were in court, mostly over the age of 50, sitting on the right side of the courtroom. They represent the birds, as the State will not allow the birds to simply be the issue. The environmental people have to claim that their ability to view the bird is the reason for the lawsuit asking for an injunction for the cutting of the trees. It’s a fundamental problem with our legal system that the loss of a species cannot be argued directly, but only as a zoo like viewing that will be taken away by their loss. The environmentalists  were dressed in jeans and shirts, except for the older dignified woman who has been one of the leaders of the battle, Marcie Goldie.

On the other side of the courtroom, it was all the black suits and new haircuts of the lawyers for the logging companies and the Department of Natural Resources. A small army of them were attending the trial. To them, the issue was, well, clear cut. The State had reclassified the timber, and sold it at auction. The environmental folks,they claimed had multiple opportunities to challenge the rulings, and now, at the 11th hour, were asking the judge to issue an injunction stopping the harvest, even for a short time. However, the environmentalists saw it somewhat differently.  They had formally requested changes at least three times, but not used multiple opportunities to legally challenge the rulings, and now, at the 11th hour, were asking the judge to issue an injunction stopping the logging, for a short time, until their legal challenge could be heard in court.

Clear-cutting in MMMAs signals a major change in the way DNR is treating Murrelets and is working with the environmental community. Generally speaking, when a timber sale appeal is filed, the cloud of litigation prevents BNR (the auction side of DNR) from auctioning the sale.  So, they’ll hold it, wait for litigation to pass, and then put it up for auction or rescind it. This time, this did not happen. While the environmental appeal was in place, BNR went ahead with the auction and Interfor bought it.  Based on previous legal precedents, this was definitely a point of law. The environmental lawyers felt that should have been sufficient for Harper to have waited a couple of weeks or ruled in their favor. 

Although the injunction filed was, indeed, to stop the logging from happening starting on Saturday, the appeal on this case had been in place for several months, but DNR/BNR chose to ignore it and went ahead with the sale – leaving the environmental community  no choice but to file the injunction.

What is also at stake here is that a well-respected process under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) that the DNR has had in place for many years, since 1979, that allowed the environmental community to work to get it’s input through on the agency sales and cuts like these, and not been forced to spend huge amounts of time in court (for both sides).

As stated by the lawyers for the environmental groups:

This emergency injunction is necessary because of DNR’s rare decision to approve and auction-off these two timber sales while they are on appeal and before the Court has had the opportunity to rule on their legality.  In the past, Washington State DNR has shown respect and deference to both the legal system and citizens by postponing any timber ales that are under  legal challenge until the appeals have been finally resolved.  This is the second time DNR has tried to log forests in disregard to marbled murrelets; in July of 2013, the Honorable Bruce Heller of the King County Superior Court ruled against DNR in a case that bears many similarities.  DNR’s appeal of that ruling was withdrawn.

This process has  been summarily thrown out the window by the agency run by the man whom was funded by the environmental community, Commissioner Peter Goldmark. He found heavy backing in Democratic Jefferson County on his two runs for Commissioner of Public Lands, due to his support of environmental issues. Now, the question is being asked by many in the community, “What’s happening to Goldmark?”

Commissioner Goldmark was criticized by an article in the New York Times, just after the Oso landslide, because the environmental community had known, as had DNR that the Oso slope was a disaster waiting to happen. Rather than admit that, Goldmark had railed against ‘tree huggers’ who he claimed were rushing to judgement against his agency. This was out of character for a man who had used his position to champion environmental issues.

Over this last year, there has also been the “McCleary Decision” which has forced the State to come up with billions of dollars to properly fund long neglected schools. That decision came from this very courtroom (correction on 6/19, this case, while from a family in Jefferson County was originally filed in Seattle) and rippled up to the Supreme Court, where it still is being implemented, as recently as this week, as the Court debates issuing a contempt of court ruling against the State legislature for not submitting a plan the Court required.

The unspoken issue behind all this is that local mills cannot afford logs from private land owners, who are sending logs overseas by selling them to the multinationals. This situation is the result of a federal law that prohibits the export of timber logged on public land.   So the pressure builds for DNR to just get these sales done for the money.

The Environmental community now finds itself behind the eight ball, because the normal process DNR had implemented with them, has been clearly thwarted with this sale. It marks a turning point. The enviro lawyers had to scramble, since they were assuming DNR would do their normal work of negotiating this issue with them. The very process that DNR had normally followed, one that avoided unnecessary lawsuits, now was being argued by the DNR lawyers, to have been wrong, essentially saying  that DNR wanted the enviro lawyers to sue earlier and cost the State more in legal fees, rather than negotiate a way out of their concerns.

So DNR has signaled with this small afternoon session in a sleepy courtroom on the upper right hand side of the Olympic Peninsula, that they no longer see themselves as a partner with the groups that have worked with them to create a manageable way to avoid excessive costs and protect the habitat of the birds.  While legally the logs were to be harvested the next day,  Saturday June 14th, the argument that the lawyers for the logging companies made seemed to be a stretch in understanding. While the market for the logs is strong right now, the likelihood that these logs will just end up sitting in a pile with all the others down in Port Angeles harbor  or in the mill yard waiting for shipment out of the US is high. Anyone driving around the Olympic Peninsula lately will see huge numbers of fresh clear cuts and full logging trucks almost every few miles it seems.

Judge Harper ruled that the harvest could continue, though he seemed frustrated. He didn’t understand why the enviros had waited so long to sue. It was inappropriate to argue that the suits hadn’t happened because DNR was changing the ground-rules,  which itself had been somewhat  outside the normal legal framework and been implemented to avoid this very situation. The suit was very complicated, and the speed that the decision dictated at this last minute appeal, along with the complexity of rules that were needed to understand the nuances of the laws, confounded Judge Harper’s wanting to really understand all the issues. In the end, he simply felt forced to follow the legal guidelines that the DNR and logging lawyers fell back on, which is understandable. While DNR has “won” this round, the kind of game they intend to play in the future appears to have been signaled, and now it’s up to the environmental community to force the stalemate ground game that brought DNR to compromise with them in the first place. While the 80+ jobs that the logging company claimed are likely working this week, it means it will be harder to keep the logging going if DNR is going to force the environmental community to tie them up in court sooner to get anything done.

What does seem to be happening is that the Legislature, DNR and the Governor have decided that DNR will harvest it’s way out of the McCleary Decision, and that the Peninsula will be the scape goat.

 

 

 

 

Judge permits timber harvest that environmentalists claim threatens marbled murrelet in Clallam and Jefferson counties – PDN

I’ll have a longer op-ed piece on this later today or tomorrow.

A Jefferson County judge has rejected a request for a temporary injunction against a state-approved harvest of 234 acres of timber on the West End adjacent to habitat of the threatened marbled murrelet…. Charlie Bermant reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

http://peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140615/NEWS/306159962/judge-permits-timber-harvest-that-environmentalists-claim-threatens

Endangered butterfly seems to like Clallam the best in quest for survival – PDN

Interesting news about a local beauty and why it helps to clear invasive species like Scotch Broom from your nearby open spaces.

An endangered butterfly is holding its own in Clallam County, where seven of 11 known clusters of the Taylor’s checkerspot still exist….Rob Ollikainen reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

 http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140615/NEWS/306159980/endangered-butterfly-seems-to-like-clallam-the-best-in-quest-for

States worry about Coast Guard’s new power push – AP/Seattle Times

This is really bad. This could force us to abandon tug escorts in Puget Sound. We have appreciated the Coast Guard’s support of oil spill prevention rules, but often their attitude has been very demeaning of local activists who see regional concerns that the CG tends to downplay or ignore.  If you are concerned, please write our local Federal Senate and House members to support their efforts to overturn this power play.

 New rules proposed by the U.S. Coast Guard might dilute states’ power to prevent and prepare for oil spills — for instance, by overriding Washington’s requirement that tugboat escorts accompany supertankers into Puget Sound. The controversy is prompted by a Coast Guard effort to assert federal authority over maritime issues. State officials in Washington, California and New York have asked the Coast Guard to withdraw rules it proposed in December. They say the rules would limit the states’ role in protecting citizens from vessel accidents and pollution. Phuong Le reports.(Associated Press)

Read the whole story here:

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023854457_coastguardstatesxml.html

MV Salish ferry now equipped with device to gather Admiralty Inlet data – PDN

The state ferries system has attached a device to the hull of the MV Salish on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route to provide data on low-oxygen water and ocean acidification from Admiralty Inlet….  Charlie Bermant reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20140616/NEWS/306169994/mv-salish-ferry-now-equipped-with-device-to-gather-admiralty-inlet

Fishing boats become salmon labs in Puget Sound – KING 5

More than 40 scientists in U.S. and Canadian waters are catching batches of young salmon to find out why they can be so healthy in the rivers but begin to die off in Puget Sound. Studies show some species die at a rate of 80 percent from the time they leave their native river and get through the Sound to The Pacific Ocean. There are similar concerns all the way through the northern Strait of Georgia, which, when combined with Puget Sound, forms the Salish Sea. Gary Chittim reports. (KING)

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Fishing-boats-become-salmon-labs-263111881.html

Starfish Wasting Disease – Update

Laura James reports sea star die-offs in Hood Canal.

Sund rock stars https://www.facebook.com/diverLAuRA/media_set?set=a.10154410435430438.1073741967.760835437&type=1

Meanwhile, Scientists Close In On The Cause Of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome

http://earthfix.kcts9.org/flora-and-fauna/article/unprecedented-epidemic-in-the-oceans-iconic-sea-st/
Drew Harvell peers into the nooks and crannies along the rocky shoreline of Eastsound on Orcas Island. Purple and orange starfish clutch the rocks, as if hanging on for dear life…. Scientists have been working for months to find out what’s causing the massive die-off and now Harvell and others have evidence that an infectious disease caused by a bacteria or virus, may be at the root of the problem. The disease, they say, could be compounded by warming waters, which put the sea stars under stress, making them more vulnerable to the pathogen… While scientists are reluctant to assign blame to climate change, Harvell explained that as oceans warm, outbreaks like this are more likely to occur. Katie Campbell and Ashley Ahearn report. (EarthFix)

West Coast groundfish certified as sustainable – Bellingham Herald

It appears to be a political compromise to the commercial fishing industry. It’s considered by some a necessary evil, even though the many of these stocks are actually not yet at levels that some scientists feel is sustainable. While California and Oregon are ahead of Washington on protection of habitat for rockfish and other groundfish, there is still huge pressure by the commercial fisheries to label the species sustainable. The positive side is that this will allow a greater co-management of the catch, but likely the numbers will decline.  We’ll have to follow up over the years and see if they are actually doing what they claim they are going to do. 

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/06/03/3678286/west-coast-groundfish-certified.html

More than a decade after overfishing led to the collapse of the one of the West Coast’s most valuable fisheries, it has been certified as sustainable. The international Marine Stewardship Council announced Tuesday in Portland, Oregon, it has certified that 13 bottom-dwelling species collectively known as groundfish are harvested in an environmentally sustainable way. That applies to species sold as red snapper, Dover sole and lingcod. In a 400-page report, the council said federal regulations are in place to protect habitat, hold fishermen responsible and set harvest quotas based on scientific data. The action led the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watchlist to move six West Coast rockfish species from “Avoid” status, to “Good Alternative.” Jeff Barnard reports. (Associated Press)

In Washington state, Victoria sewage hits the fan – Times Colonist and King TV

Our Governor reaches out to BC and asks for their help to bring Victoria up to modern specs of sewage outflow.  Come on Victoria, get your act together or stop pretending you care about the environment. I was just up there and they are so proud of their environmental protections. This is one glaring hole in the tapestry.

http://www.king5.com/news/local/In-Washington-State-Victoria-sewage-hits-the-fan–262800061.html
Washington Governor Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine sent a strongly worded letter to Canadian authorities over a yet to be stemmed flow of raw sewage into Puget Sound waters. “As the Governor of the state of Washington and the Executive of King County, we are very concerned by the lack of progress in treating wastewater and protecting the health and habitat of  Puget Sound,”  they said in the letter sent to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark. The letter comes in response to an announcement last week that a deal for a new sewage treatment plant to be built to serve the rapidly growing Victoria area had fallen apart. That announcement comes 20 years after Canadian officials first announced plans to build a facility. Gary Chittim reports. (KING)

See also: Washington governor urges action on capital region sewage plan http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/washington-governor-urges-action-on-capital-region-sewage-plan-1.1125746Lindsay Kines and Bill Cleverley report. (Times Colonist)

Springer the Orca is back in NW Waters -Huffington Post and others

This is fun to see.

Springer, Orphaned Orca, Reappears Off B.C. Coast With Family 

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/06/11/springer-orphaned-orca-bc_n_5486291.html
An orphaned killer whale who made headlines around the world when she was reunited with her pod off the coast of British Columbia has re-appeared — with her own thriving calf in tow. Whale researchers spotted Springer this week in the Inside Passage off B.C.’s North Coast. “They appear to be healthy and robust … normal in every way,” Lance Barrett-Lennard from Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Research Program, wrote in an email from the field. “Great stuff.” (Canadian Press)

Experiencing error messages on our web page? -Olyopen.com

 

No, this is not a scam. Since I upgraded my web browser to the latest Google Chrome, I have started recieving this error message when I post to Olyopen.com. I believe that the cause is that Google has tightened it’s security. Be aware that the reason for this error is that we host the same web site with two different web address “domains” http://www.olyopen.net and http://www.olyopen.com. However, only one of these is the underlying web site. So you can rest easy that the site is actually the site you expected, at least for The Olympic Peninsula Environmental News. SSL redirect error

Public invited to weigh in on state marine parks use and fees – Bothell Reporter

Boater? Add your voices to the survey.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is asking the boating public to help the agency better understand how boaters use state marine parks and provide their views on possible changes to fees and policies for next year. Boaters are invited to take an online survey at: www.parks.wa.gov/165/Boating-Fees. The 30-question confidential survey takes about 5-15 minutes to complete. The deadline to complete the survey is June 15. A summary of results will be posted on the same web page in July.

http://www.bothell-reporter.com/news/261712291.html

Study: Hatcheries Can Disrupt Steelhead Navigation – Earthfix/AP

Hmmm. more bad news on hatchery fish. Obviously more work needs to be done to validate these findings.

A new study suggests steelhead trout can have trouble using the Earth’s magnetic field to navigate if they were raised in a hatchery, where the field may be distorted by iron pipes. Scientists at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center raised two sets of fish: one outside the hatchery with a natural magnetic field, and one inside the hatchery where the field was distorted. Fish raised outside the hatchery oriented themselves to changes in the magnetic field, but fish raised in the hatchery’s distorted magnetic field did not. (Associated Press)

http://kplu.org/post/study-hatcheries-can-disrupt-steelhead-navigation

Fishing vessels have big ecological footprint: Powerful seabird magnets -Science Daily

This is interesting new research that has ramifications for us. Anyone who has been out on a commercial vessel knows this seems true, now the research backs it.

Source:
University of Exeter
Summary:
Fishing vessels have a far bigger ecological footprint than previously thought, according to research which tracked the movement and behavior of seabirds using GPS devices. Scientists discovered that northern gannets change their behaviour in response to the presence of large vessels such as trawlers, suggesting each boat can significantly influence the distribution and foraging patterns of these and other marine predators

EVENT: JUNE 14 – Family Fun Tidepool Walk

 

 

 

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Victoria Sewage Treatment gets another Setback – Times Colonist

So once again, Victoria’s sewage treatment facility is delayed, due to zoning issues. This was a known hazard for them going in and they attempted to steamroll over the opposition. Now they need to find an alternative plan. Years will go by as the poop of Victoria continues to pour out into the Strait, with all manner of pollutants in it.  While all of us along the Strait pay high taxes to treat our sewage, and take the solids to landfills, Victoria continues to be the major polluter on the Strait with no end in site. Amazing that in 2014 this is even an issue. But there you have it. Canada continues to be the model of what not to do in environmental protection.

Victoria sewage plant won’t get provincial push

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/victoria-sewage-plant-won-t-get-provincial-push-1.2655847

B.C.’s Environment Minister Mary Polak says she will not intervene in the fight over where to put Victoria’s new sewage treatment plant. “After giving the request due consideration, the province will not attempt to override the zoning decisions of the duly elected Esquimalt council, said Polak in a statement issued on Tuesday morning. The Capital Regional District asked Polak to step in last month, after the Township of Esquimalt refused to rezone land at McLoughlin Point, which the CRD purchased last year at a cost of $4.6 million. The move, which effectively blocks plans to build on the site, leaves the CRD without a location for the plant, after eight years of planning. The CRD has been ordered by the provincial government to have a plant up and running by 2016. The federal government has set its own deadline of 2020. Mike Laanela reports.

(CBC) See also: CRD drops plan to build sewage plant in Esquimalt, next step unclear http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/crd-drops-plan-to-build-sewage-plant-in-esquimalt-next-step-unclear-1.1076722 Bill Cleverley and Lindsay Kines report. (Times Colonist)

And watch: Dumping Raw Sewage is Not Okay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV7M_kGZ0Lg

Oso Landslide and the Political Football of County Development Departments

Earthfix has done a superb job of exploring the sordid story of Snohomish County Development Department and the pressure from the Master Builders Society. This isn’t just about Snohomish, the same pressures exist everywhere. These departments are usually funded by taxes and fees from the very people they serve. While it makes sense when it comes to the overall permitting process, it’s broken when someone has to step up and deny permits where they don’t make scientific sense.

http://earthfix.nwpr.org/communities/article/development-pressure-vs-landslide-risk-in-snohomis/

EVENT: June 6 & 7 – Port Angeles – Our Oceans in a Changing Climate

Join Olympic Climate Action June 6 and 7, 2014 for Our Oceans in a Changing Climate—an evening of engaging music and a day of enlightening speakers and activities for the whole family related to the impacts of climate change on our marine waters.

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The health of marine waters that embrace the Olympic Peninsula affect us all. As Representative Kevin Van de Wege recently wrote, “Washingtonians are defined in no small part by their relationship to the sea…our economy and way of life are inextricably linked to (the) health and sustainability of our maritime heritage.”

 

Celebrate our local marine waters Friday evening with popular singer/songwriter Dana Lyons performing works from his new CD The Great Salish Sea. Lyons, best known for his song “Cows with Guns,” is touring to raise awareness about the proposed export of fossil fuels through our region, and its effect on orcas and us all. He will play at7:30 p.m. at the Elwha Heritage Center, First and Peabody Streets, Port Angeles; admission $10.00.

Saturday’s speakers will highlight the serious challenges facing the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Pacific Ocean. Presentations will be based in the Landing Mall on the Port Angeles waterfront, second floor conference room.

  • At 11:00 a.m. Matt Krogh will address How Fossil Fuel Exports Threaten our Marine Waters. Krogh, works with Bellingham-based ForestEthics and conducts regulatory and scientific research directed toward preventing the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. He will talk about the impacts of proposed coal and oil export shipping through our waters.
  • The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will display a technical poster on how the increasing frequency of algal blooms that cause shellfish toxicity may be related to warming water. Hansi Hals, Environmental Planning Manager for the tribe, will take questions on the poster at 12:30.
  • From Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, researcher Liam Antrim will present Ocean Acidification and Impacts on Marine Life in the Pacific Northwest, at1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. sanctuary staff will share a new hands-on display on the same topic (great for all ages). The world’s oceans have helped moderate the effects of human-produced greenhouse gases by absorbing about 30 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions, the most abundant greenhouse gas. But the ocean performs that service at the cost of ocean acidification—the rising pH of seawater caused as that dissolved carbon dioxide forms carbonic acid—threatening ocean food chains.
  • At 3 p.m. Olympic National Park physical scientist Bill Baccus, who has been tracking changes on the park’s wild coast for nearly a decade, will share a new video on coastal monitoring, Tides of Change, and discuss climate change impacts across the park, from mountain snowpack to tidepool communities.

 

Other events during the day include a craft activity for kids and additional information on Olympic Climate Action at the Port Angeles Farmers Market; a sand castle building contest at Hollywood Beach with judging at 12:15 p.m., free admission to the Feiro Marine Center, and open access to the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Discovery Room.

 

Olympic Climate Action is a group of local, concerned citizens working for a safe, prosperous, sustainable future for residents of the Olympic Peninsula by addressing the threat of climate change. By sharing the best available science, OCA hopes to raise awareness of the challenges “climate chaos” poses for our community, as well as options for mitigation and action.  Join us to learn how to be part of the solution, olyclimate.org.

Schedule for Saturday, June 7

10:00 -2:00 Farmers Market Booth, including activities for kids from 10am -noon.
10:00 – 4:00 NOAA Discovery Room Open, Landing Mall, 2nd Floor
10:00 – 5:00 Feiro Marine Life Center open , free admission, City  Pier
11:00 How Fossil Fuel Exports Threaten our Marine Waters – presentation by Matt Krogh, ForestEthics (Bellingham), Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.
12:15 Sand Castle Judging -Hollywood Beach
12:30 Shellfish, Algae Blooms and Warming Waters, technical poster and Q & A by Hansi Hals, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.
1:00 – 2:00 Ocean Acidification and Impacts on Marine Life in the Pacific Northwest, Liam Antrim, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary researcher,

Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.

2:00 Hands-on display on ocean acidification,  Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary staff, Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.
3:00 Tides of Change (film), and climate change in Olympic National Park, Bill Baccus, Olympic National Park physical scientist, Landing Mall, 2nd Fl.

 

China To Lift Ban On West Coast Shellfish – Earthfix

Finally ended, not sure what the true story on this is. Canada has made out like bandits due during this time, due to the fact that they were not included in the ban. Many say it was a political retribution from China, but no one knows for sure.  

http://earthfix.kuow.org/flora-and-fauna/article/china-lifts-ban-on-us-shellfish/

China will lift its ban on imports of geoduck clams and other shellfish from the West Coast, according to a statement from Washington Congressman Derek Kilmer… Chinese officials sent a letter Friday to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration advising the federal agency the ban would be lifted. The letter stated Chinese officials were satisfied with NOAA’s proposed plans for new monitoring and testing requirements for paralytic shellfish poisoning and inorganic arsenic, which would meet China’s food safety requirements. Tony Schick reports. (EarthFix)

Streamkeepers of Clallam County Calling for Trainees

STREAMKEEPERS OF CLALLAM COUNTY CALLING FOR NEW TRAINEES-ANNUAL TRAINING

BEGINS JUNE 4

*Citizens invited to become involved in watershed stewardship and learn how to monitor streams.*

Streamkeepers, Clallam County’s volunteer stream monitoring program, is seeking new volunteers to help collect stream health data, perform data entry & analysis, and conduct education & outreach.  Currently, we have a particular need for help with data entry and checking.  New volunteers work with current volunteers; no prior experience needed.

The free annual training begins June 4 from 6-9 p.m. at the County Courthouse; two field-training days will follow, scheduled at trainees’ convenience.

To register or inquire, call Streamkeepers at 417-2281, or email

streamkeepers@co.clallam.wa.us.  

Streamkeepers’ website is at www.clallam.net/sk.

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