The Eighth meeting of the state’s Solutions Table on the marbled murrelet is being hosted in Olympia later this week. Members representing the community, conservation, and economic interests will gather to create solutions that assist both the protected bird and rural communities.

Launched by Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz in May 2018, the Solutions Table is tasked with finding solutions that will assist both the conservation of marbled murrelet habitat on state lands and the nearby rural communities that have been affected by the protection of threatened and endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The Endangered Species Act requires the State Board of Natural Resources — chaired by Commissioner Franz — to develop a long-term conservation strategy for the marbled murrelet on state lands. That strategy includes conserving some state forestland for marbled murrelet habitat.

The Solutions Table is its own process separate from the Board of Natural Resources’ long-term conservation strategy or habitat conservation plan processes.

Who: Members representing community, conservation and economic interests

What: Eighth meeting of the Solutions Table

When: Thursday, December 6, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Department of Enterprise Services Building
Training Facility Room #4
1500 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504

Why: To create solutions that assist both the marbled murrelet and rural communities


Managing Working Forests for Public Benefit

Led by Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, DNR manages 3 million acres of trust land to provide revenue for schools, hospitals, libraries, and other critical public services. State trust forests are protected from development, clean our air and water, and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation.

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