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Chair: Judith Akins
Vice-Chair: Stan Parker
Secretary: Nora Weaver
Treasurer: Natalie McClendon
Mentor for Committees: Bob Aegerter
NEXT BUSINESS MEETING
Tuesday, December 9th at 6.30 - 8:30 PM, at Stan's house, 2520 Jefferson Street, Bellingham. Robin Everett, SC Organization Representative and Megan Jenny, Conservation Program Manager, will be there. All members are welcome to attend, meet with the ex comm, Robin and Megan, and participate in the meeting. Call Chair Judith Akins at 360-982-8599 with questions.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON
Outings training is scheduled for January for those who are interested in being a Sierra Club Outings leader. Washington Chapter Outing Committee Chair Jaqueline Powers is coordinating the training. This is one of the Sierra Club's most important activities and is a lot of fun! Please call Judith Akins at 360-982-8599 if you are interested or would like more information.
Starting in this issue we will be highlighting certain committees and you will find information about our Legislative Committee below.
UPDATE ON MOUNT BAKER GROUP ACTIVITIES
If you were unable to attend one of Dr. Wilkinson's presentations in October, below are video links to the three lectures:
"Stewards of the Land: The Critical Role of Modern Tribal Environmental Management in America"
"The Greatness of the Boldt Decision of 1974: Its Pivotal Role in Northwest Washington, Indian Country and America Today"
"Salmon, Treaties, and a Way of Life: Reflections on Billy Frank, Jr."
This State Chapter committee deals with issues coming before the Washington State Legislature. During the legislative session (Jan 12-April 25?) they hold telephone strategy meeting once a week. Meetings are more sporadic based on need the remainder of the year. Over 3,000 bills are introduced in a typical year. About 150 are of concern for environmental advocates. We help set priorities with our part time lobbyist and often go to Olympia to testify as volunteer citizen lobbyists on legislation of specific interest. Brian Kilgore is the chair. Contact Bob Aegerter at boba -at- openaccess.org
KEY ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN OUR AREA
OIL TRANSPORTATION NEWS
Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, Peter Goldmark , has written an op-ed that he co-authored with 10 leaders of tribal nations across Washington on the threat to the environment and public safety presented by the increase in oil train traffic in Washington. This op-ed appeared in The Seattle Times Nov.26 and in various news organizations throughout Indian Country.
Read the Department of Ecology preliminary study "WA State Marine Oil Transportation Study, Preliminary Findings and Recommendations"(Comment Period on this just closed 12/1)
WILDLIFE WORKING GROUP
This State Chapter committee meets at 6:30 PM on the third Thursday of the month in Seattle. We deal with issues impacting the Marbled Murrelet, Northern Gray Wolf and many other species. Carolyn Sarah Woods is the chair. Most members call in for these meetings. Contact Bob Aegerter at boba -at- openaccess.org
GRIZZLY BEAR RE-INTRODUCTION TO THE NORTH CASCADES
The National Park Service has announced it will begin the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process to determine if Grizzlies could be re-introduced to the North Cascades ecosystem. This will likely be a three year study with opportunity for public comment. Grizzly Bears are largely extinct throughout most of the United States. The last suspected sighting in the North Cascades was in 2010. The North Cascades National Park is considered prime habitat that could support as many as 200 Grizzlies. You may view the National Park Service press release here.
DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES PROPOSED ITS HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN
The Washington State Department of Natural resources is the leasing agent in charge of state owned aquatic lands. As a state agency they have the right to deny permits to projects that they deem impactful on endangered species. The DNR is preparing a draft Aquatic Lands Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that will ensure the protection of endangered species on aquatic lands managed by the DNR for the next 50 years.
In so doing they have identified and listed a number of endangered species that could be affected and may need protections in their jurisdictions. As an example, the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal project would be located on lands leased by the DNR: the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. There are a number of endangered species at Cherry Point which are on the DNR list of species that would be covered by their proposed HCP such as Pacific herring, smelt, salmon and Orcas. The first public comment period for the HCP ends December 4. For more information and to submit a comment please go to the DNR website.