Event: Golden Paintbrush: Back from the Brink May 11th 7PM

Joe Arnett, rare plant botanist for the Washington Natural Heritage Program, and his botanist predecessor, Florence Caplow, will tell the story of Golden paintbrush and the sometimes-controversial process of its recovery. What does it take to rescue an iconic native plant species from extinction? Golden paintbrush once thrived on rocky shorelines and in prairie remnants from Vancouver Island to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. But by 1997 its numbers had dwindled to only a dozen small, scattered populations, and it was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Since then, intensive efforts have gone into restoring the species throughout its historical range. Current estimates peg golden paintbrush numbers at more than 185,000 flowering plants inhabit—a success story by any measure. Sponsored by the JLT Natural History Society. More info here.


Monday, May 11, at 7:00 pm

Quimper UU Fellowship


A webinar on Ocean Acidification by the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST NOAA kicks off their 2015 Webinar series with a webinar called “Sharing Ocean Acidification Resources for Communicators and Educators”  it is a walk through of data and online resources to help teach Ocean Acidification.

This new webinar series provides ocean acidification communication tools to formal & informal educators, and stakeholders across the country. One of its primary goals is to promote a more integrated and effective ocean acidification education community by sharing ocean acidification education and communication activities virtually.

With awareness of and access to these resources, the ocean acidification education and communication community will be able to utilize and continue to create cutting edge communication tools that incorporate current scientific and communication research.



Event: How Do Our Hazardous Waste Site Cleanups Compare?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

6:30 PM   The Landing Mall – Second Floor

115E.Railroad Avenue     Port Angeles WA


Dr. Peter L. deFur will be in Port Angeles on Thursday, November 20 to give a presentation comparing cleanup sites on which he is working in USEPA Region 10 — Rayonier-Port Angeles Harbor, Seattle Duwamish River and Portland Harbor.

He will cover the contaminants at each site, compare cleanup options and plans for each site, cover alternative cleanup methods available to be used on particular contaminants, and compare agency support of the citizen groups at the different sites.

These cleanups are overseen by the WA State Department of Ecology and/or the USEPA.  In WA State, these cleanups are part of the Puget Sound Partnership Cleanup Initiative.  The Rayonier-Port Angeles Harbor and the Duwamish River are  Ecology priority cleanup sites.

Dr. Peter L. deFur is president and owner of the consulting firm Environmental Stewardship Concepts, LLC, based in Henrico VA.  and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond VA.   Dr. deFur has research and practical experience in the areas of ecological risk assessment, environmental regulations and policies, and toxicology.

Dr. deFur received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in Biology from the College of William and Mary, in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Calgary, Alberta.  He has held faculty positions at George Mason University and Southeastern Louisiana University before joining the staff of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in Washington, DC.  In 1996, deFur formed an independent private consulting firm, Environmental Stewardship Concepts, LLC, and accepted a part-time position at VCU.

Dr. deFur has extensive experience in human health risk assessment and ecological risk assessment regulations, guidance and policy. He served on the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC )Risk Characterization Committee that prepared Understanding Risk, on several subsequent study committees and served on the NRC Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology from 1996 to 1999. He presently serves on the/NRC/NAS committee on Uranium Mining in Virginia. He served on a number of scientific reviews of EPA ecological and human health risk assessments, including the Framework for Cumulative Risk Assessment, the assessment for the WTI incinerator in Ohio and EPA’s Ecological Risk Assessment Guidelines. Dr. deFur was a member of each of the three federal advisory committees for EPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening and Testing Program. Dr. deFur was chair of the peer review of EPA’s Dioxin Reassessment in 2000.


Darlene Schanfald

Project Coordinator

Rayonier –  Port Angeles Harbor Hazardous Waste Cleanup Project

Olympic Environmental Council Coalition

PO Box 2664

Sequim WA  98382



Upcoming activist opportunties

If you are keen on wanting to get involved in environmental protection of the Olympic Peninsula, here’s some ways to make your voice heard. From Benjamin Greuel, of the Sierra Club. Good opportunities if you are not participating in some of this weeks  Jefferson County activities listed elsewhere on the site.

Over the last number of months, the Sierra Club, Olympics Park Associates, Olympic Forest Coalition and partner organizations have
been working to articulate a conservation vision for the Olympic Peninsula. We are now in a position to gather your input on a variety of ways to permanently protect our pristine Peninsula watersheds. Tim McNulty of the Olympic Park Associates asked me to forward you an invitation to attend a Wild Olympics Activist Workshop in your area to hear about how you can get involved in a new exciting campaign to protect our beloved forests and rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.

Please RSVP to join us at one of the following Wild Olympics Activist

What:  Wild Olympics Activist Workshop – Port Angeles
Where:  Port Angeles Library – Ray Carver Room (2210 South Peabody St. –
Port Angeles, WA 98362)
When:  Wednesday, September 9thth – 7:00-8:30pm

What:  Wild Olympics Activist Workshop – Port Hadlock Featuring Author, Poet
Tim McNulty
Where:  Jefferson County Library (620 Cedar Avenue – Port Hadlock 98339)
When:  Thursday, September 10th – 7:00-8:30pm

What:  Wild Olympics Activist Workshop – Sequim Featuring Author, Poet Tim
Where:  Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park (2151 West
Hendrickson Road – Sequim, WA 98382)
When:  Friday, September 11thth – 7:00-8:30pm

Please contact Ben Greuel at 206-378-0114 x 319 or ben@wildolympics.org with any questions and to RSVP.

Benjamin Greuel – Public Lands Organizer – Sierra Club

News from Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Passing it along. Note that they would like you to subscribe to their Google Calendar.

Several of OCNMS’s management plan review working groups are planning meetings for August and September. The Spills working group will be holding its first meeting on Aug. 12 and the Living Resources Conservation working group will hold its first meeting on Aug. 21. For details, visit our on-line calendar at http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/protection/mpr/welcome.html. In order not to flood your inboxes, from now on we will not send notifications out about individual working group meetings, but we will post all the details on the calendar. We are also in the process of planning three day-long workshops for three priority topics: maritime heritage, ocean literacy and socioeconomic values of resources in the Sanctuary. These public workshops will take place this fall and we will send out notification once all three have been scheduled. If you are interested in a particular working group/workshop and would like to get on its individual distribution list, please contact us at ocnmsmanagementplan@noaa.gov or 360.457.6622 x28. For more information, email us at ocnmsmanagementplan@noaa.gov or call 360-457-6622 ext. 28. To subscribe or unsubscribe from this listserv send an email to ocnmsmanagementplan@noaa.gov with the request in the subject line.

Event-Jefferson Land Trust Picnic – 8/15 12:30 to 3:30

Meet at North Beach Park Picnic Shelter. Progress report will be given on Quimper Wildlife Corridor. Questions to 379-9501 or email at jlt at saveland.org (replace the at with @).

Black Point opposition to meet and eat

  • The Brinnon Group will meet July 24 at 6 pm at the Timber House in Quilcene.
  • We will eat and socialize from 6 to 7.
  • From 7 to 8 we will meet.
  • Contact Barbara at brinningroup@gmail.com for more details.
  • Web site is brinnongroup.org

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