Marbled murrelet conservation and sustainable harvest calculation draft statements released for comment
News Date: 
December 2, 2016
   

DNR schedules public meetings, webinars

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today released two draft environmental impact statements for public review: the Marbled Murrelet Long-term Conservation Strategy, which was written jointly with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Sustainable Harvest Calculation for state trust lands in western Washington. DNR and USFWS will host public meetings and webinars in January 2017 concerning both documents.

Long-Term Conservation Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet Draft Environmental Impact Statement

This draft impact statement analyzes alternative approaches to long-term conservation of marbled murrelet habitat on DNR-managed lands within 55 miles of marine waters. The seabird is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.
 
Public comments on this draft impact statement are being accepted between December 2, 2016, and 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2017 — the comment period may be extended pending the publication of a notice in the Federal Register.
 
Comments should be submitted to the SEPA Center at sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov  or SEPA Center, PO Box 47015, Olympia, WA 98504-7015. Please include the file number 12-042001 on all comments. The subject line of email comments should include “SEPA File No. 12-042001.”
 
The Long-Term Conservation Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be viewed on DNR’s website at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/mmltcs
 
After public comments are gathered and a final environment impact statement is issued jointly by DNR and USFWS, the policy will go before the state Board of Natural Resources for final action.

Sustainable Harvest Calculation Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The sustainable harvest calculation will help determine the volume of timber that DNR will harvest from 1.8 million acres of western Washington state forests during the 2015-2024 planning period. The draft impact statement documents DNR’s analysis of the proposal and provides an opportunity for agencies and the public to review and provide suggestions.
 
Public comments on this draft impact statement are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2017. Comments should be submitted to the SEPA Center at: sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov or SEPA Center, PO Box 47015, Olympia, WA 98504-7015. Please include file number 15-012901 on all comments. The subject line of email comments should include “SEPA File No. 15-012901.”
 
The Sustainable Harvest Calculation Draft Environmental Impact Statement can be viewed on DNR’s website at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/shc
 
After public comments are gathered and a final environment impact statement is issued by DNR, the policy will go before the state Board of Natural Resources for final consideration.

Public meetings scheduled

DNR will conduct four public meetings concerning the draft impact statements:
 
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: DNR Northwest Region Office
919 N. Township Rd.
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284
 
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Whitman Middle School - Auditorium
9201 15th Ave. NW
Seattle 98117
 
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Port Angeles High School
304 E. Park Ave.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
 
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Julius A Wendt Elementary School
265 S. 3rd St.
Cathlamet, WA 98612

Webinars scheduled

Two informational webinars are scheduled—one for each draft statement:
 
What:  Marbled Murrelet Long-term Conservation Strategy
When: 2-3 p.m., Jan. 24, 2017
Where: Online (login information will be posted at www.dnr.wa.gov/mmltcs )
 
What:  Sustainable Harvest Calculation for State Trust Lands in Western Washington
When: 2-3 p.m., Jan. 26, 2017
Where: Online (login information will be posted at www.dnr.wa.gov/shc )
 
MEDIA CONTACT
Bob Redling
Public Information Officer
360-902-1149
bob.redling@dnr.wa.gov