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. As part of this process, DNR also will apply for an amendment to its incidental take permit for the marbled murrelet under the Endangered Species Act. 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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REVISED DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT
The revised draft environmental impact statement (RDEIS), which replaces the 2016 draft EIS, evaluates seven alternative long-term conservation strategies and a no action alternative (the current, interim strategy). Each action alternative provides a unique approach to marbled murrelet habitat conservation, designating varying amounts of habitat for conservation and applying conservation measures to ensure long-term protection of forestlands important to the marbled murrelet.
Explore the RDEIS and alternatives using this interactive story map.
DNR and USFWS invite you to review the RDEIS and provide comments and suggestions for improving the adequacy of the environmental analysis.
The deadline for comments on the RDEIS is 5 p.m. November 6, 2018. Comments can be submitted in the following ways:
Through the SEPA Center website: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/long-term-conservation-strategy-marbled-murrelet
By postal mail: SEPA Center, PO Box 47015, Olympia, WA 98504-7015