Seabird protections frustrating for Wahkiakum County

By Rose Lundy
Longview Daily News
November 16, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

New long-term plans to protect a threatened seabird has Southwest Washington legislators and a Wahkiakum County Commissioner frustrated, but conservationists say the plans won’t do enough to save the marbled murrelet. “None of the alternatives were good for Wahkiakum County,” commissioner Dan Cothren said Wednesday. “We’re probably hit the hardest because of the murrelet.”…Last week, the state Board of Natural Resources identified a long-term protection plan that would designate between 620,000 and 624,000 acres of state timberland for murrelet habitat and surrounding buffers. DNR representatives stressed that the numbers from this “preferred alternative” are all preliminary and will be investigated further in an environmental impact statement. State Rep. Jim Walsh, D-Aberdeen, said in a press release that the Nov. 7 decision by the Board of Natural Resources “will hurt smaller counties, cities and school districts that are already suffering from the loss of the timber industry.”

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