San Juan County plans to assess wildfire risk

Working in conjunction with San Juan County, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has launched the process of developing a county-level wildland fire risk assessment. Local agencies and organizations in San Juan County have initiated a planning committee to complete the risk assessment as the first step in the ultimate development of a San Juan County Wildfire Protection Plan as part of the National Fire Plan and Healthy Forests Restoration Act.

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SJC receives $405K salmon recovery grant

OLYMPIA – Restoration of suft smelt spawning grounds, removal of  190 derelict fishing nets and development of materials for a neighborhood salmon conservation easement program in San Juan County are possible with the awarding of $405,830 in  grants from the Salmon Recovery Board. The grants are part of nearly  $30 million awarded to organizations around the state to help bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.

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Citizens Petition Ecology To Change Geoduck Aquaculture Rulemaking

Citizens have petitioned The Washington Department of Ecology to amend geoduck aquaculture rulemaking. The new rule adopted by Ecology puts in place a permit exemption for geoduck aquaculture that is not authorized by the Shoreline Management Act. The overall policy of the SMA is to protect the State's shorelines, wildlife and fisheries resources. The SMA was not intended to open the doors for expansion of industrial aquaculture operations that degrade habitat, water quality and eliminate native species.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA's Fisheries Service propose Policy to improve implementation of Endangered Species Act

A new federal policy proposed today will help clarify which species or populations of species are eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act and will provide for earlier and more effective opportunities to conserve declining species.

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