Ron Eber, Historian for the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, will present a program on the Wilderness Act. On the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, Ron’s talk will explore the work of John Muir and the pioneer conservationists of Washington who laid the foundation for all the wilderness we have protected since his time. Muir’s earlier wilderness and park campaigns will also be looked at to see what lessons we have learned and can continue to use in the future.
Sad, but expected. They likely will lose, as other suits have, and cost the State hundreds of thousands to defend.
The Olympic Resource Protection Council has decided it will sue the state over a rule that governs water use in the Dungeness Valley. In a meeting Thursday night at the Sequim library, the group membership agreed to pursue a lawsuit against the state Department of Ecology in an effort to force the agency to review the Dungeness Water Rule…. Water use in the basin was restricted by the Dungeness Water Rule, a measure instituted January 2013 by Ecology with the aim of preserving water in the Dungeness River for both human use and for aquatic species when its flow diminishes in dry summer months. Joe Smillie (Peninsula Daily News)
Had a chat this morning with Gerry Christensen who is helping Carol Hull and others with the North Olympic Peninsula Local Food Access Network (L-FAN). (I’ve added their link to the NGO section of the left hand front page if you need to find it in the future).
In their words:
Our primary focus is North Peninsula local food ecosystems with an emphasis on developing and supporting increased and sustainable capacity for production, distribution, and consumption locally.
Our high-level goals are to educate, act, and facilitate the positive actions of others regarding local food related issues within the North Olympic Peninsula area of Washington. We will strive to do this in harmony with businesses, organizations, and citizens within the area. Our goal is to communicate with all, seek cooperation when possible, and collaborate or partner with various entities concerned with local food.
As I know some of our readers are involved in this area of environmental activism, I recommend that you contact Gerry and introduce yourself and your organization. Gerry and his family are somewhat new to the Peninsula having come out from Colorado, so I’m sure he’d appreciate getting to know more of you that are working in the area of the local food movement.
His contact info is
Gerry Christensen <email@example.com>
The contentious battle over water rights in the Dungeness watershed comes closer to a resolution.
“With the date of anticipated promulgation growing closer, State Reps. Steve Tharinger and Kevin Van De Wege continue to support the final approval of the Dungeness Water Management Rule. “
Comments on the article were by the usual suspects, real estate agents that claim a harm to the market, but have no data to actually support their claims. Let’s remember that the market is already in the tubes because of a economic downturn, caused by an unregulated lending market in the last decade while the political party they blame for this was out of power.
For the opportunity to help restore shoreline and Meadowbrook Creek, the State is proposing to purchase the 3 Crabs. If the state can pay $1M and I owned the place, I’d likely sell as well. Can’t imagine the Crabs have been making that kind of money, and we the People get back some prime shoreline in the bargain. I’m ok with that. With that money the owner can open elsewhere if she wants. But likely she is ready to retire, since she bought it a long time ago.
The building that has long housed The 3 Crabs restaurant would be removed under a proposed state Fish and Wildlife purchase of the Dungeness Bay landmark location.The state Fish and Wildlife Commission last week approved the $1 million purchase of the nearly 52 acres of land and tideland property along Dungeness Bay’s shores overlooking New Dungeness Lighthouse 3 Crabs site would be razed after state buy, proposal says
Julia Parrish, Executive Director of COASST, will discuss “Sea of Birds: Population Patterns of Washington’s Coastal Residents and Migrants” at the March 21 Olympic Peninsula Audubon general meeting at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, beginning at 7 pm.
COASST training will be held Saturday, March 24, 10 am – 4 pm at the Feiro Marine Life Center. Please see attached flyer for details.
Treats and coffee provided; rsvp: 206-221-6893 or firstname.lastname@example.org