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Olympic Forest Coalition: Results Released of Two-year Growler Sound Study on the Olympic Peninsula

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The study was conducted by Lauren Kuehne, MSc Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Ms. Kuehne has undertaken one of the only scientific studies of the soundscape on the Olympic Peninsula. Ms. Kuehne “sought to answer two questions: 1) What are the current noise levels and contributions of different aircraft on the Olympic Peninsula soundscape? and 2) How might these levels change with proposed increases in military training and operations?” READ MORE

WA Dept. of Ecology: Olympic Peninsula classified as being in severe drought by federal drought monitor

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Forecasts are heading in the wrong direction

There is a drought emergency declaration in the Dungeness River watershed on the Olympic Peninsula.

The current drought outlook for the Olympic Peninsula just took another step in the wrong direction. In their weekly update of drought conditions across the country, the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) changed its classification for the Olympic Peninsula region from “moderate” to “severe” drought. According to the USDM, a severe drought classification can bring potential impacts of likely crop and pasture damage, water shortages, and water restrictions. In response to current conditions, some communities and water systems on the peninsula have already begun anticipating low water supply. Read more

Kitsap Sun: Hood Canal preservation gets another bump from Legislature

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QUILCENE — Thousands of pristine acres of timberland along Hood Canal have been earmarked for preservation, thanks to $6.3 million from the Legislature. 

The Dabob Bay natural area's latest expansion spreads some 4,000 acres east and south onto the Toandos Peninsula. The Legislature's purchase guarantees 900 of those acres will be transferred out of the state Department of Natural Resources' timber trust and into conservation. The state will begin to pursue other properties within the acreage, which spans from Dabob to Thorndyke Creek, according to Peter Bahls, director of the Northwest Watershed Institute that has fought to preserve the area since 2002.  READ MORE

FYI: WSU Forestry Extension: Upcoming forest stewardship webinars (Mar. 21 and April 4)

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Climate change is stressing Pacific Northwest forests. WSU Extension Forestry offers free webinars to help land owners better manage their forests for tree health, wildlife habitat and fire in a changing world.

More free forest stewardship webinars for you! Join us this Thursday, 3/21, at either 12:05 p.m. or 7:05 p.m. for a webinar on wildlife habitat on small woodlands by the always informative and always entertaining DNR Stewardship Biologist Ken Bevis. Space is limited and pre-registration required. To register for this and our other upcoming webinars, visit http://forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/webinars/

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY VS PRECINCT CAUCUSES!

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The Washington State Democratic Party is inviting comments about this choice. Comments may be made from now until April 4 at this website:

https://www.waelectioncenter.com/

The State Democratic party needs input from its members on the process of delegate selection for the next National Convention. In the past we’ve had a mix of caucuses that count and a primary that doesn't.

Now that the State legislature has passed a bill that brings the Primary parameters into line with both the State party and DNC nationally we need to help the State party decide where we stand. It is an issue that should not divide us even though there are strong feelings behind both processes. Please study the issue and make your feelings known.

DELEGATE SELECTION OPTIONS: The State Party has drafted two delegate selection and affirmative action plans (DSAAP) one to be used if a Primary is selected and another if Precinct Caucuses are chosen. Both of these plans are available for review at the above mentioned weblink.

Our primary season is shaping up to be historical both in candidate numbers and critical issue differences. We encourage you to get involved now!

NOTE: Jefferson County Democrats have a General Membership Meeting on March 11, during which this issue will be discussed. Click on this link for meeting details: https://jeffcodemocrats.com/calendar/

Seattle Times: Washington House passes clean-fuels legislation sought by Inslee

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Good news for our state and our 24th LD. Please contact our state representatives and state senator to show your support!

Mike Chapman: Mike.Chapman@leg.wa.gov
Steve Thairnger: steve.tharinger@leg.wa.gov
Kevin Van De Wege: Kevin.VanDeWege@leg.wa.gov

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Bellingham Herald: Feds inch closer to approving Alaska mining project seen as a threat to Pacific Northwest

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THIS MINE PROJECT IS A MAJOR THREAT TO THE ENVIRONMENT!
Submit your comment online at Pebble Project EIS:
https://pebbleprojecteis.com/publiccomments/neweiscomment

Mail comments to: Program Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers, 645 G St.
Suite 100-921, Anchorage, AK 99501.

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Seattle Times: Sen Maria Cantwell Co-sponsors Conservation Bill

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"Sens. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington state, and Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, together introduced the bipartisan bill, which tallies more than 660 pages, promises to reshape public lands across the country and lines up politicians’ favored projects for federal support." Click on link below for details.
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/heres-what-the-massive-public-lands-bill-means-for-conservation-climate-change-in-washington-state/?fbclid=IwAR1SNHujDhuK_k4b-nR52veBrbt5ZEp0ESnR29TAZLqCjD6qOjPHmRX0UZ4

Rep. Derek Kilmer Co-sponsors H.R. 1

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You can add your name as a citizen co-sponsor here.

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/9173151447809789440…

From Rep. Derek Kilmer:
Nine years ago, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that limits on corporate spending to influence elections violated the First Amendment. Since then, the amount of big money in politics has skyrocketed while the confidence that “we the people” have in our system has plummeted. Safe to say, the Supreme Court got it wrong on Citizens United.

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State Bills page keeps us informed!

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The Washington State Legislature convenes on January 14, 2019. Bills will be introduced and hearings scheduled through most of the session. On our State Bills page we: 1. Track bills that reflect Democratic values or impact Jefferson County. 2. Let you know when important hearings occur. 3. Show you how to watch remotely if you don’t want to drive all the way to Olympia. 4. Show you how to comment on and influence bills that you have an interest in.

Check it out at: https://jeffcodemocrats.com/state-bills/

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