Cantwell Pushes for Ongoing Citizen Input in Effort to Protect Federal Land on San Juan Islands

March 22, 2012, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) urged Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Mike Pool to commit to extensive citizen involvement in the effort to protect federal land on the San Juan Islands. The exchange took place during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing about Cantwell’s legislation to designate 1,000 acres of federal land in the San Juan Islands as a National Conservation Area (NCA).

During the hearing, Cantwell asked: "Ok, and if this legislation was passed, obviously the management plan and implementation is critically important to the local community. How would the Bureau of Land Management commit to fostering a kind of community environment on the management? You know an advisory plan or drafting, or implementation, or management, how would that function work?"

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What does NCA designation do?-Several stories

What will change if the 1,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management Land in San Juan County became a National Conservation Area?

The land is currently federal Bureau of Land Management land. It would not be a new layer of federal bureaucracy just a different section of the BLM focused on environmental preservation rather than cattle grazing.

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NPS Fire Management Plan meeting tonight - Jan. 12 in Friday Harbor

The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to revise the existing Fire Management Plan for San Juan Island National Historical Park (SJNHP). The public scoping meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2012 in the upstairs Conference Room in building B at the Earthbox motel in Friday Harbor.

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Economists: Preserve Public Lands for Western Jobs, Vitality

To improve the economy in the Western states, spend some federal dollars improving and preserving public lands. That's the message in a letter to President Obama signed by more than 100 economists and academics at universities across the country, including nine in Washington.

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Interior Secretary: Federal lands in San Juans deserve immediate permanent protection

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar included the San Juan Islands in his list of ‘Crown Jewel’ federal lands deserving permanent protection. He delivered his recommendations to Congress at a press conference Thursday, November 10, 2011.

U.S. Senator Cantwell is leading legislation in the Senate and Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA-02)is leading companion legislation in the House that would turn several dozen cherished spots spread across the San Juan Islands into a National Conservation Area (NCA). They say this will ensure continued public access and protection of these pristine parcels.

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County Parks Department conducting Tree Work at Odlin

As part of Odlin Park’s new campground development project, the San Juan County Parks Department contracted certified arborist/forester Carson Sprenger to assess the condition of the trees in an area of the park, and remove dead and hanging limbs from several of the old growth trees in that area.

Some Lopez Island residents and park users have contacted the Parks Department out of concern that trees marked with ribbons will be cut down. In fact, there are no plans to remove any of the trees.

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