The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will extend the public comment period regarding the Washington Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) proposal to amend their 1997 State Lands Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) to include a long-term conservation strategy for the marbled murrelet, a federally listed threatened species. The comment period is extended by 30 days, through December 6, 2018.
The public is invited to submit comments electronically or by US Postal Service. 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
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and WDNR have jointly developed a revised draft environmental impact statement (RDEIS) analyzing WDNR’s amendment to their 1997 HCP and six other alternatives. The RDEIS is intended to satisfy the requirements of both the National Environmental Policy Act and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act. If approved, the proposed long-term conservation strategy will replace an interim marbled murrelet conservation strategy and the Service will amend WDNR’s incidental take permit.
To read the Federal Register notice and RDEIS, or for more information about marbled murrelets, visit:www.fws.gov/wafwo.