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CORRECTED ADDRESS FOR MEETING IN SOUTH BEND:

South Bend
Date:                           June 19
Time:                           6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:                     Pacific County Courthouse Annex, 1216 W. Robert Bush Dr., South Bend, WA 98586
                                   Directions

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MEDIA ADVISORY

May 16, 2013

State DNR and USFWS to hold public meetings on strategy to conserve marbled murrelets
Public comment requested on the scope of environmental review

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will hold four informational meetings on the proposed development of a long-term Marbled Murrelet Conservation Strategy for forested state trust lands in Western Washington. The meetings will take place June 5-19.

Once completed and adopted, the strategy will become an amendment to DNR’s State Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan.

At the meetings, DNR will provide information and gather input on the current proposal and the scope of environmental review. DNR and USFWS are conducting a joint environmental review process according to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

These meetings, and the associated comment period, represent the second phase of an expanded two-phase public scoping process that will help guide the development of a joint environmental impact statement for the strategy. Phase One scoping took place in 2012 and included public meetings and a comment period.
 
Phase Two Public Meetings

Olympia
Date:                       June 5
Time:                       5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location:                 Natural Resources Building - Room 175
                                1111 Washington Street SE
                                Olympia, WA 98504
                                Directions

Sedro-Woolley
Date:                       June 10
Time:                       5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location:                 DNR Northwest Region Office
                                919 N. Township Street 
                                Sedro Woolley, WA 98294
                                Directions

Forks
Date:                       June 12
Time:                       5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location:                 DNR Olympic Region Office
                                411 Tillicum Lane
                                Forks, WA 98331 
                                Directions

South Bend
Date:                        June 19
Time:                        6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location:                  Pacific County Courthouse Annex
                                1216 W. Robert Bush Dr.
                                South Bend, WA 98586
                                Directions

At the meetings
DNR and USFWS staff will give brief presentations to introduce the planning process and present three conceptual alternatives, which represent distinct conservation approaches to a long-term conservation strategy, consistent with the approved “Need, Purpose, and Objectives.” The agencies will also present a “No Action” concept, which represents what would happen if a long-term marbled murrelet conservation strategy is not developed. The agencies will have discussion stations with more detailed information, where people can talk to staff and ask questions. Participants should submit their Phase Two written comments by July 1.

A description of the proposal’s conceptual alternatives and the SEPA Scoping Notice are available on DNR’s SEPA webpage at 1.usa.gov/INErM0.  All of these documents are also on DNR’s marbled murrelet website at 1.usa.gov/IkQJri.  

DNR, steward of state lands
DNR, led by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, manages more than
3 million acres of state-owned trust forest, agricultural, range lands and commercial properties that earn income to build schools, universities and other state institutions, and help fund local services in many counties. In addition to earning income, trust lands help protect habitat for native plant and animal species, clean and abundant water, and offer public recreation and education opportunities statewide.

DNR also manages a significant statewide system of State Natural Resources Conservation Areas and Natural Area Preserves that protect native ecosystems and the plant and animal species that depend on them, and provide access for education and low-impact public use, where appropriate.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws, and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq.

Media Contacts:
Matthew Randazzo, Special Assistant to the Commissioner of Public Lands, 360-902-1099, matthew.randazzo@dnr.wa.gov
Doug Zimmer or Taylor Goforth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 360-902-1721, douglas_zimmer@fws.gov  

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