Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy

The proposal is to amend the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) 1997 State Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan to include a long-term conservation strategy for the marbled murrelet. DNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are serving as co-lead agencies for purposes of environmental review under both the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
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Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The Long-Term Conservation Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) documents the lead agencies' analysis of the proposal and provides an opportunity for agencies, affected tribes and the public to review the document and provide suggestions for improving the adequacy of the environmental analysis.
Public comments on this proposed DEIS are being accepted between December 2, 2016, and 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2017. Comments should be submitted to the SEPA Center at or SEPA Center, PO Box 47015, Olympia, WA 98504-7015. Please include the file number "12-042001" on all comments. The subject line of comments send by email should include "SEPA File No. 12-042001." 

DEIS - December 2016

Complete Draft EIS (36MB PDF)
Draft EIS in Sections
Opening Pages (Cover, Commissioner's Letter, Fact Sheet, Table of Contents)
Chapter 1, Introduction
Chapter 2, The Alternatives
Chapter 3, Affected Environment
Chapter 4, Environmental Consequences
Chapter 5, Cumulative Effects
Chapter 6, Literature Cited
Chapter 7, Key Definitions
Appendix A, Scoping Report
Appendix B, Analytical Framework Focus Paper
Appendix C, Population Viability Analysis (Peery and Jones 2016)
Appendix D, Occupied Sites Focus Paper
Appendix E, P-stage Focus Paper
Appendix F, Maps of Marbled Murrelet Conservation Areas by Alternative
Appendix G, LTFC Focus Paper
Appendix H, Potential Impacts and Mitigation Focus Paper
Appendix I, 2007 and 2009 Concurrence Letters
Appendix J, Fish Distribution in the Analysis Area
Appendix K, Rare Plants in LTCS
Appendix L, Wildlife Species and Associated Habitats in the Analysis Area
Appendix M, Data and Assumptions Used in Socioeconomics Analysis
Appendix N, Distribution List

Related Documents


Public Meetings

 January 10, 2017 - Sedro Woolley          
 NW Region Office - NW Conference Center    
 919 N. Township Street
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 January 17, 2017 - Port Angeles
 Port Angeles High School - Commons/Lunch Room
 304 E. Park Avenue 
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 January 12, 2017 - Seattle
 Whitman Middle School - Auditorium
 9201 15th Avenue NW
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 January 19, 2017 - Cathlamet 
 Julius A. Wendt Elementary School - Multipurpose Room
 265 S. 3rd Street
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The following posters were displayed at the public meetings regarding the Long-Term Conservation Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS):
The following presentation was shown at the public meetings regarding the Long-Term Conservation Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS):

Marbled Murrelet Webinar

The graphic below outlines the SEPA/NEPA joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.

Scoping Phases

The planning process for the project began with establishing the scope of the environmental review under both state and federal processes. DNR expanded the scoping process into two phases. The use of expanded scoping is intended to enhance public and agency participation in identifying the scope of an EIS.

Phase One Scoping

The first phase focused on receiving input for the project's need, purpose and objectives, the environmental impacts that should be considered and existing environmental information relevant to analysis.
Public meetings were held in late April and early May 2012 in the four DNR adminstrative regions included in the proposal: Olympia, Sedro-Woolley, Cathlamet and Forks.
Phase One Scoping: Meeting Materials
Phase One Scoping

Phase Two Scoping

Phase Two scoping materials presented alternative concepts that represent distinct conservation approaches to a long-term conservation strategy, each of which would be consistent with the approved Need, Purpose, and Objectives. A No Action concept also was presented. These conceptual alternatives were described in the Phase Two scoping notice.

Final EIS

The final EIS will provide decision-makers with environmental information about a proposal to help them decide whether to approve the proposal, approve it with conditions (mitigation), or deny the proposal. It is the lead agency's record of environmental analysis conducted for the proposal.