“I’m pleased with the robust discussion of the alternatives for conserving marbled murrelet habitat,” said Peter Goldmark, Commissioner of Public Lands. “We have reached a critical milestone in our process.”
Developed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the alternative conservation strategies presented to the Board yesterday would formally designate for long-term conservation between 594,000 and 734,000 acres of the 1.4 million acres that DNR manages in western Washington for the bird’s long term conservation.
The marbled murrelet, a small seabird that nests in large conifer trees, is a federally 'threatened' species covered by the DNR’s Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan. DNR will work with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to develop an environmental impact statement for public review of the alternatives.