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Water-rights decision could have disastrous consequences for Washington families, workers

WA State Senate majority reacts to report detailing economic impact of Hirst

News release issued by Kimberly Wirtz, Senate Majority Coalition Caucus 

 OLYMPIA, WA – 9/14/2017  The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus shared the following statement in response to a report released today by the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) detailing the statewide economic impact of the Hirst water-rights decision.

  Some of the details revealed in the study include:

  • $6.9 billion lost in economic activity each year in Washington, predominantly in rural communities
  • $452.3 million in lost employee wages due to the impacts of Hirstannually
  • Nearly 9,300 lost jobs (FTEs) in rural Washington,  annually
  • $392.7 million in lost taxes to state and local governments, annually
  • $4.59 billion in losses to the construction industry, annually
  • $37 billion in lost property values in areas impacted by Hirst
  • $346 million in property taxes shifted to other properties in Washington

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The Chain of Environmental Command by Pearl Rains Hewett

Posted on

by Pearl Rains Hewett
from Behind My Back

(See Story Here: http://www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/03/the-chain-of-environmental-command/)

 
Last night Jan 2, 2017, on KIRO TV there was a short comment on a Seattle group meeting of anti-Trump environmental objectors that are organizing across the United States to go to WA DC on inauguration day.
It is being funded by The Center for Biological Diversity a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 675,000 members and on-line activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
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Blueribbon Coalition supports balance management of public lands

News Release from
BlueRibbon Coalition

November 23, 2015

POCATELLO, ID (November 23, 2015) – Early last week, the BlueRibbon Coalition/Sharetrails.org joined with other recreation groups in a letter sent to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of a balanced approach to managing public lands as part of the Moab Master Leasing Plan. Continue reading

Snowmobile Club leads lawsuit against Northern Region Forest Plans

News Release by Paul Turcke
for BlueRibbon Coalition

November 23, 2015

SNOWMOBILE CLUB LEADS LAWSUIT AGAINST NORTHERN REGION FOREST PLANS

Ten Lakse Snowmobile ClubMISSOULA, MT (November 23, 2015) –Various organizations, led by the Ten Lakes Snowmobile Club, have filed a lawsuit challenging U.S. Forest Service planning efforts on the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests.  The complaint, filed on November 12, 2015, in federal court for the U.S. District of Montana, claims that the 2015 Revised Forest Plans violated various federal laws, including the National Forest Management Act, the Wilderness Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Continue reading

Kilmer named “Champion of Nature” by The Nature Conservancy

Washington, D.C. – 10/19/2015 – U. S. Rep. Derek Kilmer has received the “Champion of Nature” award from The Nature Conservancy, an organization well-known for its drive to place millions of acres into wildlands and out of the hands of citizens.

According to a news report in the Peninsula Daily News, the award was presented Oct. 8, 2015 after the state director, Mike Stevens, urged Congress to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which expired Sept. 30.

Kilmer is a Democrat from the 6th Congressional District in Washington State.

Kilmer, along with Denny Heck (D-Olympia) introduced an act, the “Promoting United Government Efforts to Save Our Sound Act”, to “protect tribal treaty rights and bring much-needed resources to restore the Sound.”  It would designate the Puget Sound as a “water body of national significance, required that adequate federal resources are allocated to Puget Sound recovery and coordinate and align federal agency efforts with the state-led efforts under the Puget Sound Action Agenda.”

RELATED STORY:

Commentary:  Abolish Puget Sound Partnership

More Information about The Nature Conservancy – Income, etc.

USFS Fire Closure Order Singles Out OHV Use

BLUERIBBON COALITION, INC.
MEDIA RELEASE


Posted 7/9/2015

POCATELLO, ID  (July 9, 2015) — The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail-based recreation group,  is questioning the recent Fire Closure Order #06-03-01-15-02 that bans OHVs from using over 250 miles of system trails on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest located in Washington State.    Continue reading

The ROSS Approach to Puget Sound – Restoration Shell Game

Editorial by Pearl Rains-Hewitt
Behind My Back

Posted 5/11/2015

A highly convoluted “GAME OF RESTORATION” that is involving the sleight of many, many hands, in which hundreds of inverted Federal agencies, WA State agencies, WAC’S and /or other NGO, NUTSHELLS are moved about, and hard working taxpayers must attempt to spot which is the one, of many thousands, with  NGO’S or other government agencies are underneath the “RESTORATION” plan.

 

WOW! HOW MANY NUTS CAN YOU GET UNDER ONE RESTORATION SHELL?

“WE’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING THE MORE THAN 600 PARTNERS TOGETHER,

designing a unified plan, and making sure money is being spent efficiently, and our region is making progress,” says Gerry O’Keefe, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership. Continue reading

Recreation group declares victory over wilderness claims

CLEARWATER SETTLEMENT APPROVED – RECREATION GROUPS DECLARE VICTORY ON RECOMMENDED WILDERNESS CLAIMS

BOISE, ID (April 21, 2015)–A federal court has accepted the settlement agreement that resolves a lawsuit claiming that the Clearwater National Forest illegally closed recommended wilderness areas (RWA) to motorized use. The agreement, between the Forest Service and lawyers for the Idaho State Snowmobile Association and BlueRibbon Coalition, requires the agency to conduct a new analysis and issue a new decision to evaluate “motorized and over snow access management” in the areas. The Forest Service “dispute Plaintiffs’ claims” but acknowledged “that regional issuance of documents described as guidance for forest planning, including planning for RWA management, has led to confusion and misperception regarding the role that such documents serve ….”

The areas in dispute were decades ago recommended for wilderness designation by the Forest Service, but Congress has not acted on these recommendations. The areas have always received motorized use, and more recently mountain bike use, that would be prohibited in formally designated wilderness. Neither the initial ratings nor the present wilderness suitability have been diminished by these uses, and the “wilderness character” of the areas has remained the same under Forest Service evaluations.

The agreement, initially filed in October, 2014, contemplated a Forest Service effort to complete the new analysis prior to the start of the 2014-2015 winter snowmobile season. In the absence of a new decision, the agreement provided for management to revert to the 1987 Plan, which would allow snowmobile use. The Court did not complete its review of the agreement until the 2014-2015 winter use season had largely passed, and declined to vacate the challenged plan’s prohibition on motorized access. The Court “conditionally approved” the remainder of the agreement, and the Forest Service and Recreation Groups accepted the Court’s interpretation.  The agreement also provides for payment of $30,000 toward legal fees incurred by the Recreation Groups. 
 
“We have learned in decades of litigation that our court system produces imperfect outcomes” said Sandra Mitchell, Public Lands Director of the Idaho State Snowmobile Association, the lead plaintiff. “We would like to eliminate the effects of what we consider an illegal decision, but getting a new decision is a significant step. Ultimate progress must always occur through the agency, and we hope we have sown seeds toward that outcome here,” Mitchell noted.

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The ISSA is an Idaho nonprofit corporation providing a unified voice for the Idaho snowmobile community, seeking reasonable snowmobile access to public and private lands in Idaho, and educating public and private interests on snowmobile use, safety and access. www.idahosnow.org


The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well — all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BLUERIB – 
www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org

NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Paul Turcke, (208) 331-1800
Date: April 21, 2015

Droughts, Envirochondricacs, Leftism, and Power

Guest Editorial by Susan Shotthafer

Posted 4/14/2015

The lefties are self-deluding again with another crisis, excuse to spend more of our earnings, and seize more control. Yes, it’s another—you guessed it—environment crisis, this time a Washington state “drought?” Duh! Drought?

Yes, Governor Inslee declared a “drought emergency” because the Olympics lack a snowpack. With that troublesome human habit, never troubling the lefties (bless their hearts) many of us try to make sense of this announcement as we do of all life’s events. Conversely, once more, leftist masterminds hope to convert make-believe into reality. Continue reading

Shoreline Master Plan: What has Clallam County got to lose?

by Pearl Rains-Hewett
www.behindmyback.org

Posted 3/21/2015

RCW 90.58.290
Restrictions as affecting fair market value of property.
The restrictions imposed by this chapter shall be considered by the county assessor in establishing the fair market value of the property.
[1971 ex.s. c 286 § 29.]

INDEED, ONE MUST CONSIDER  ALL OF THE  RESTRICTIVE SMP  “SHALLS” ON PRIVATE VESTED SHORELINE PROPERTY OWNERS, AND IN PARTICULAR… THE UNDEVELOPED PRIVATE INVESTMENT SHORELINE PROPERTIES, VIEW, ETC?

AND, ONE MUST CONSIDER THE VALUE OF PROPERTY  LEFT “HIGH DRY AND DESTITUTE”  BY THE DUNGENESS WATER RULE? Continue reading

Feds sued for blocking thousands of recreational routes in Plumas National Forest

The victims include all citizen users of public lands — including the disabled

Pacific Legal Foundation
SACRAMENTO, CA;  March 18, 2015: Representing two California counties and a broad coalition of associations and individuals who value public access to national forests, Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) today sued the federal government for acting to prohibit motorized travel on thousands of roads and trails in Plumas National Forest that have been used for decades for responsible and legally permissible recreational purposes.

Plumas National Forest is a 1,146,000-acre National Forest in the Sierra Nevada, in northern California.  The lawsuit argues that the U.S. Forest Service, a division of the Department of Agriculture, violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), by blocking access to much of Plumas National Forest without a careful, factually specific review of environmental impacts, including consequences for the public. Continue reading

Wolf report may be starting point for removal from endangered status

by Eric Mortenson
Capital Press

The process to consider removing wolves from Oregon’s endangered species list could begin later this spring.

Oregon’s latest wolf count is on the agenda March 6 when the state Fish & Wildlife Commission meets in Salem. The commission is due for a briefing on a report that may serve as the foundation for removing gray wolves from Oregon’s endangered species list later this year.

The 2014 report from department wildlife biologists says Oregon has a minimum of 77 wolves in nine packs. More importantly, eight of those packs contained breeding pairs, meaning they had at least two pups that survived to the end of the year. Continue reading

Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird

Posted: Mar 02, 2015 4:22 PM
Herald Whig

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit by the timber industry seeking to strip Endangered Species Act protection from a threatened seabird that nests in old-growth forests.

Environmentalists say the ruling Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., should mark the end of a 15-year legal battle over logging trees used by marbled murrelets along the coasts of Oregon, Washington and northern California. Continue reading

Public Invited to Open Houses on Options for Grizzly Bear Restoration in North Cascades Ecosystem

Press Release from National Park Service

February 13, 2015

Public comment period open through March 26, 2015

SEDRO WOOLLEY, Wash. – The public is invited to participate in a series of informational open houses regarding restoration of grizzly bears in the North Cascades ecosystem. The meetings are being held by the National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as part of the Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process for the North Cascades ecosystem. This is the first opportunity for public involvement in the EIS.  The purpose of the EIS is to determine whether or not the agencies will take an active role in restoring the grizzly bear to the North Cascades Ecosystem. Continue reading

Clallam Shoreline Master Program – Comments and rights

Jan. 19, 2015

SMP [Shorline Master Program] Public Comment (159)

Clallam County Planning Commission

Public Forums

Pearl Rains Hewett

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Clallam County Planning Commission, for recognizing the need for this additional  step in the SMP Update  process, and voting to provide the public forums  for us.

I have appreciation and respect  the dedicated members of Planning Commission that made the (4) regional, informal, public forums a reality. The choice of evening forums, and  having the presenters go to meeting at the four locations, allowed working people to attend.

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I did attend two public forums

Jan. 8, 2015 Port Angeles Public Forum

The presentation was well done and applauded

Jan 14, 2015 Sequim Public Forum Was a mini- presentation

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Jan. 8, 2015 Public Forum at the PA Senior Center

It was very encouraging to see our New County Commissioner Bill Peach, our new DCD Director Mary Ellen Winborn, members of the Clallam County Planning Commission and Home Rule Charter Commission  in attendance. It is vital to have our local representative, Involved in, listening to public questions, comments and the many concerns of our local citizens on the SMP Update.

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WE HAVE LOTS OF CONCERNS

OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAS  LOTS OF OPTIONS

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Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project commentary & Objections

by Pearl Rains Hewett
www.behindmyback.org
Posted 1/11/2015

Comments-Objections to Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem “RESTORATION” Project (PSNERP)

I strongly oppose the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem “RESTORATION” Project (PSNERP) and, in my opinion, it should be irrevocably terminated immediately.

IT’S FEDERAL, IT’S STATE, IT’S OUR MONEY

AND,  IT’S THE ENTIRE PUGET SOUND

THE FOLLOWING ARE WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS/OBJECTIONS ON PUGET SOUND NEARSHORE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT (PSNERP)

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Subject: FW: Skagit CAPR Chapter: FW: submittal of PSNERP written comment

From: Kathy Mitchell
Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM
To: <nearshore@usace.army.mil>
Subject: PSNERP Projects Comment

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From: Roger Mitchell
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 2:56 PM
To: Nearshore@usace.army.mil
Subject: submittal of PSNERP written comment

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Subject: FW: submittal For Clallam County  PSNERP written objection

From: Pearl Rains Hewett
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2015
To: Nearshore@usace.army.mil
Subject: submittal of PSNERP Clallam County written objection

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My PSNERP written public comments and objections PLUS…..

The fact that these ideas were churned out by the Puget Sound Partnership and by the Envisioning people at OSU, is no surprise.

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My written comment on the SHADY? history of the Puget Sound Partnership

In May 2010, auditors found the partnership “circumvented state contracting laws, exceeded its purchasing authority and made unallowable purchases with public funds,” incurring “costs without clear public benefit.”

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My written comments on RESTORATION….. period

Behind My Back | RED FLAG WARNING Page 2

www.behindmyback.org/category/red-flag-warning/page/2/

Apr 9, 2014 – EPA RESTORATION OF PUGET SOUND … the cost of an unfunded WA STATE RESTORATION “RAIN TAX” TO CLEAN UP PUGET SOUND? ….. Goggle behindmyback.org for the full text of “Sue and Settle Sucks”

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Behind My Back | The “RESTORATION” Shell Game

www.behindmyback.org/2014/06/09/the-restorationshellgame/

Jun 9, 2014 – A highly convoluted GAME OF RESTORATION that is involving the … HOW MANY NUTS CAN YOU GET UNDER ONE RESTORATION SHELL?

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Behind My Back | $14.8 Billion for Restoration

www.behindmyback.org/2014/06/10/14-8-billion-for-restoration/

Jun 10, 2014 – http://apwa-wa.org/Uploads/CommitteeFiles/Stormwater/1110009.pdf … The “RESTORATION” Shell Game In the state of Maryland, their elected representatives, legislators, passed a $14.8 …. The “RESTORATIONShell Game.

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Behind My Back | Bang for their buck? Restoration

www.behindmyback.org/category/bang-for-their-buck-restoration/

Dec 3, 2014 – www.behindmyback.org/2013/07/14/surfrider-foundation/ …… for planning, authorizing and implementing the RESTORATION SHELL GAME .

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INDEED, while we’re RESTORING

While we’re in the “RESTORATION” business I’d like a few things restored, too:

Behind My Back | American Restoration of Law and Order

www.behindmyback.org/2014/…/american-restoration-of-law-and-order/

Jun 11, 2014 – American Restoration of Law and Order? OF OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY IN AMERICA?

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Behind My Back | Senate Hearings on EPA

www.behindmyback.org/category/senate-hearings-on-epa/

Sep 1, 2014 – GIVE “STATE’S SOVEREIGNTYBACK TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!http://heartland.org/policy-documents/replacing-environmental-protection- ….. Is anyone in congress addressing the Restoration of “Law and …

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THE HISTORY OF PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP 2007-2010

read the complete text at

Behind My Back | The Bad News On Kilmer

www.behindmyback.org/2013/08/31/the-badnews-on-kilmer/

Aug 31, 2013 – US. Reps Kilmer and Heck promise to continue the work of Norm Dicks on behalf of WETLANDS, SHORELINES By ROB CARSON — Staff writer …

“Everyone was scratching everyone’s back with this PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP,” said Republican state Sen. Mark Schoesler, who has been a vocal critic of the partnership. “They were banking on daddy Dicks to bring money home, and then his son squandered it.

”PUGET SOUND PARTNERSHIP” May 2010
In May 2010, auditors found the partnership “circumvented state contracting laws, exceeded its purchasing authority and made unallowable purchases with public funds,” incurring “costs without clear public benefit.”

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I Pearl Rains Hewett, submit and concur, with the following PSNERP Projects comments.

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From: Kathy Mitchell
Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM
To: <nearshore@usace.army.mil>
Subject: PSNERP Projects Comment

C/O: Nancy C. Gleason

USACOE

CENWS-EN-ER

POB 3755

Seattle, WA 98124-3755

nearshore@usace.army.mil

The PSNERP projects, especially those for Skagit County, must be abandoned; the enormous waste of tax dollars for these ill-conceived and harmful projects to precious farmland under the guise of flimsy reasoning and faulty assumptions is wrong.

The fact that the concept for these unneeded and unnecessary projects got this far, especially with such an outrageous price tag, is a disgrace. These proposed projects would necessarily cause ruination of thousands of acres farmland, and more than likely cause unforeseen and unintended consequences to those and adjacent lands.

Furthermore, in my opinion, the fact that these ideas were churned out by the Puget Sound Partnership and by the Envisioning people at OSU, is no surprise; both groups are well known for their inferior, ideology-based recommendations rather than sound work based on pertinent, fact-based science, on appropriate field work, and on site-specific work.  Since when do they ‘know all’ and ‘see all’ about what restoration really means for areas they really know nothing about?  As a classically trained geologist, I do know that the land is in a constant state of flux and that these people’s notions of exactly what ‘snapshot in time’ to use as this golden state of restoration is laughable.  Do we go back 30 years?  Go back 300 years?  Go back 3,000 years?  Go back 3 Million years? Erosion, sedimentation, and associated processes are dynamic – the land will change over time.

Finally, I am appalled and quite dismayed that the Army Corps of Engineers has had anything to do with this wasteful boondoggle.

Sincerely,

Kathy Mitchell

1155 Chuckanut Ridge Drive

Bow, WA 98232

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From: Roger Mitchell
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 2:56 PM
To: Nearshore@usace.army.mil
Subject: submittal of PSNERP written comment

 

Written Comment on Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP)

Roger H. Mitchell, Bow, Washington

I strongly oppose the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP) and, in my opinion, it should be irrevocably terminated immediately.

Opinion:

The entire premise for PSNERP is scientifically flawed, ideologically driven, and just another veiled attempt to socially engineer and control the lives of private property owners. At it’s best, PSNERP is a government make-work program; at it’s worst PSNERP is merely another chapter in irresponsible environmentalism run amok.

Procedurally, this proposed project has been seriously flawed. There are significant inconsistencies and discrepancies between pugetsoundnearshore.org’s website and the website at nws.usace.army.mil. Discrepancies include different numbers of affected acres and in cost projections. If the goal was to confuse the public then, for once, government has succeeded. Why are we just getting to comment now on something that has been proceeding for years ? Why and how are we now being “steamrollered” into supporting this proposal in what appears to be a predetermined outcome that, once gain, bears little resemblance to the “consent of the governed?

The proposed project is at odds with RCW 36.70A – the Growth Management Act (GMA). PSNERP will cause destruction and loss of farmland and rural business that is contrary to GMA mandates.  Some ideologues have relentlessly made it more and more difficult for farmers to grow the crops that feed the rest of us. Why let PSNERP add to the decline of farmland, farming, and farmers ? Any PSNERP proposed project must show, in detail, how it complies with the GMA. Thus far, that demonstration of compliance has been disregarded, overlooked, or intentionally omitted in PSNERP proposals.

Among the many problems with PSNERP and its many clones is that the instigators are never held accountable for their mistakes and failures. They play with other people’s money or, in this case, other people’s properties. Essentially they have no “skin in the game”. Ten years from now, when PSNERP has failed to do anything positive, and has had numerous, negative, unintended consequences, do you think the current PSNERPers are going to say, “Gee; I’m sorry ‘bout that PSNERP thing and wasting that Billion dollars. Do you want your refund in cash or a check ?”

Actions:

The EIS should be withdrawn. My preference would be to abandon this proposal and not waste another taxpayer dollar on it.

There needs to be a true cost/benefit analysis. We’re talking about potential misappropriation and misapplication of taxpayer dollars. Without an honest cost benefit study, the public cannot properly determine whether the proposed project is acceptable or worthy of full funding, partial funding, or, my personal favorite, no funding at all.

Let’s have a little chat about “restoration” and unanswered questions:

re·store

rəˈstôr/

verb:  return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position.

res·to·ra·tion

ˌrestəˈrāSH(ə)n/

noun:  the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition

So, I ask you, where are the answers to the following “restoration” questions ?

1.       Apparently there is a specific time and condition to which we should presumptively “restore”. How do we know that that chosen time and condition was, in fact, optimal or better in any way relative to the current time and condition ?

2.       Who actually knows the details and dynamics of that presumptively chosen optimal time and condition to which PSNERPers would have us restore to from current conditions ?

3.    Who gets to make the determination of what time and condition we are restoring to ?

4.       Even if the PSNERP proposal could be determined to be either good or bad, who has decreed who has the authority to decide for all of the rest of us whether the proposal is good?

5.       The issue is “restoration” projects; these projects do not exist in a vacuum — they affect other people, locations, and conditions as well. Worldviews, movements, and projects — these things all have consequences. What are PSNERP’s costs in resources (time & taxpayer dollars) and what other possible projects and programs will PSNERP preclude ?

6.       What are the unintended consequences of the proposed PSNERP projects ? Forces result from interactions. The proposed PSNERP projects are interactive forces. Newton’s Third Law of Motions reminds us that For every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. When you poke the balloon in one place it pops out in another. When PSNERP projects “poke” the balloon of status quo, what is going to pop out elsewhere as a result ?

7.       Does anyone at PSNERP realize that the earth’s geology, biology, and ecology have been in a constant state of change since their very inceptions and will continue to change for infinity ? How incredibly arrogant, condescending, and egocentric of some to think they can determine exactly what is “best” in terms of time or condition for any of these dynamic, natural processes.

8.       By what criteria has someone determined that current conditions are not “best” and has chosen the particular, proposed, “restore to” slice of time and conditions as better or optimal?

9.       Purportedly, PSNERP is, like detrimental instream flow rules, all about salmon. Why are some people so wrapped up in attempting to “protect” one particular species (salmonids) to the detriment of others ? Who chose salmonids over other worthy species (including humans) who are left to compete, unassisted and unprotected, in the Darwinian battle with the rest of us ? We call it, “life”.

PSNERP proposals have not provided good or acceptable answers to any of the above questions.

Fallacies:

PSNERP is yet another exercise in governmental fallacious reasoning. Fallacies can be divided into categories according to the epistemological factors that cause the error:

The reasoning is invalid but is presented as if it were a valid argument

  • The argument has an unjustified premise
  • Some relevant evidence has been ignored or suppressed

 

The PSNERP proposal has all of these fallacies. But, just be sure, PSNERP also has the types of fallacies listed below:

False Dilemma

A proposal that unfairly presents too few choices and then implies that a choice must be made among this short menu of choices

False Cause

Improperly concluding that one thing is a cause of another.

Reversing Causation

Drawing an improper conclusion about causation due to a causal assumption that reverses cause and effect.

Unfalsifiability (Untestability)

This error in explanation occurs when the explanation contains a claim that is not falsifiable, because there is no way to check on the claim. That is, there would be no way to show the claim to be false if it were false. There is no null hypothesis.

And the environmentalist ideologue’s perennial favorite:

Scare Tactic

Terrorizing people in order to give them a reason for believing that you are correct.

By the way, while we’re “restoring”:

While we’re in the “restoration” business I’d like a few things restored, too:

I’d like my inherent, natural property rights restored.

  • I’d like my pursuit of happiness restored by not being constantly barraged with yet another manic, trumped up, Chicken Little environmental “crisis” that needs to be “mitigated”.
  • I’d like my Washington State government restored to what the state’s founders intended in

that calls for “consent of the governed”.

Will it help if I ask nicely ?

Please ! Stop wasting our time, money, and goodwill. PSNERP is wrong for many, may reasons; it should be irrevocably terminated immediately.

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Levee setback discussion resumes with DRMT

Report from Pearl Rains-Hewett
www.behindmyback.org

Posted 1/11/2015

Source Dungeness River Management Team

and online documentation…

Partnership, Ecology, Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP).

Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project Selection and Design

Lower Dungeness River Floodplain Restoration: Project Overview and ACOE Levee Setback Feasibility Study Results (Cathy Lear, Clallam County and Chris Behrens, US Army Corps of Engineers)

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Conservatives Train Fire on Government ‘Land Grab’ in Key Defense Bill

by Melissa Quinn | The Daily Signal

Posted 12/4/2014

Parkland and wilderness provisions added to a defense policy measure have outraged friends of the military, who call the move both a “land grab” and a slap at men and women serving in the armed forces.

Considered must-pass legislation, the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act details Republicans’ and Democrats’ military policy priorities. It ranks high on the priority list of outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for the current lame-duck session.

But this year the annual defense authorization includes a multitude of non-defense provisions such as new parks, wilderness areas and a national museum celebrating women. The move irks conservatives and other proponents of a “clean” bill. Continue reading

Skagit County backs couple’s right to use their well

Posted: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 8:55 am, Tue Dec 2, 2014.

By Daniel DeMay | Skagit Valley Herald

Richard and Marnie Fox have a right to use the well on their Sedro-Woolley property, regardless of an instream flow rule that limits water use in the Skagit Basin, Skagit County said in a response filed last Monday in Skagit County Superior Court.

The document is in response to the Foxes’ motion asking the court to force the county to issue a building permit — an action the county has not taken because a Department of Ecology rule appears to say there is no legal access to water in much of rural Skagit County.

In the response, the county argues that Ecology removed a paragraph from the draft 2001 instream flow rule before publication that would have allowed rural landowners to continue the use of permit-exempt wells for single homes.

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Congress’ Sneaky Tactic to Grab More Land for the Government

by Robert Gordon | The Daily Signal

Posted 12/2/2014

Congress has returned from the mid-term elections and members are hammering out the details of the National Defense Authorization Act.

NDAA, which has passed for more than 50 years consecutively, provides policy guidance for the U.S. defense budget.

The importance of the NDAA to the defense budgeting process and its traditional status as a “must-pass” piece of legislation makes it an inviting target for pet projects and wasteful spending.

Does Congress really need to add to the federal estate when the feds already own 640 million acres of land, approaching one-third the total area of the United States?

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Washington game managers criticized for wolf shooting

by Don Jenkins | Capital Press

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The east-west divide over how Washington should manage conflicts between ranchers and the state’s growing population of wolves was apparent Tuesday at a meeting in this Seattle suburb.

Speaker after speaker told state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials that game managers shouldn’t have OK’d the shooting of a wolf in August to deter a pack from preying on sheep in Stevens County in northeast Washington.

A week ago at the Stevens County Fairground in Colville, game officials were accused of being slow to stop livestock predation. At the Lynnwood Convention Center, they were charged with being quick to kill wolves at the bidding of ranchers. Continue reading

Grazing limits feed tension in Nevada

Ranchers Decry Federal Clampdown on Land for Cows, Echoing Other Dust-Ups

By JIM CARLTON | Wall Street Journal

BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev.—Rancher Pete Tomera slowed his pickup truck on a dusty mountain road one day last week and swept an arm toward tall green grass blowing in the wind: “Man, look at all the feed a cow could eat,” he said.

Since last summer, Mr. Tomera’s 1,800 cows have been banished from these mountains in northern Nevada, part of a clampdown by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management against grazing on federal lands during an extended drought. An additional 500 head of cattle owned by two other ranching families have been ordered off a roughly 350,000-acre grazing allotment managed by the BLM in the Shoshone Range about 10 miles to the south of this town. The animals have been put out to private pastures or fed hay at far greater cost than on the public land. Continue reading

Improving the Endangered Species Act for the 21st century

Opinion by Reps. Doc Hastings and Cynthia Lummis
for Daily Caller

Posted 3/13/2014

Over forty years ago, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with the noblest of intentions – conserve and recover wildlife facing preventable extinction. This is a moral obligation on which we can all agree. But with a species recovery rate of only two percent, the ESA has proven to be ineffective at protecting truly imperiled species and has unnecessarily hurt people’s livelihoods in the process. We can protect endangered species without unduly burdening the American people, but to do so we need a stronger, more effective ESA. Continue reading

Wahkiakum County takes feds to task for failures in protecting rare deer

 
Despite some public objections, federal biologists have begun moving Columbian white-tailed deer from Puget Island to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge in another step to create a viable population in north Clark County.

Eight deer were moved in February, and biologists hope to move another 20 or so to Ridgefield in 2014, said Paul Meyers, wildlife biologist for the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for Columbian White-tailed Deer west of Cathlamet. Continue reading

Washington’s Fish and Wildlife riles Asotin County with land buys

Kerri Sandaine
Lewiston Tribune

 Posted 3/9/2014

ASOTIN, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife has gobbled up more than 10 percent of the 410,240 acres in Asotin County and that’s ruffled some feathers.

A group of Asotin County residents say purchases by the state agency are having an adverse effect on every other property owner in the county, whether they live in the country or city.

When that land goes off the tax rolls, everyone else winds up absorbing the added tax burden, said Brad Forgey, of Asotin. He and other members of the agricultural community are hoping changes are made at the state level to address the problem. Continue reading

Editorital: A War on Wild

Editorial series by Pearl Rains-Hewett
www.behindmyback.org

Posted 1/31/2014

Part 1:

There is a time to be silent and a time to speak

 A time to keep and a time to throw away

 There is a time for every activity

 Now is the time for many of us to speak of a War On Wild and keep our rights.

Is it your time?

We are American citizens, we are private property owners, we are the stewards of our pristine forest land, it is our heritage, it is who we are and what we do, it is our way of life, it is our source of employment and income, it provides our shelter, the roof over our heads, food on our tables and heat from our hearth, indeed it has been  the  lot of our lives for many generations of local  families.

So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because that is their lot That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil Continue reading

The Growth Management Act: Just another Central Planning Failure

by Glen Morgan
Freedom Foundation

Posted 1/25/2014

 

Last Thursday, thanks largely to Senator Pam Roach (R-Auburn), the Washington State Senate provided an opportunity to discuss the Growth Management Act (GMA) in a public work session. Last year,I wrote about a less formal work session held by Representative Dean Takko (D-Longview). However, the recent Senate work session demonstrated notable willingness to look at Washington State’s GMA in a comprehensive manner without constraining the comments of those who testified. The complete video from the hearing is here (starting at about 37 minutes). Continue reading

Brown’s budget includes plan to regulate groundwater

January 12, 2014
Tim Hearden
for Capital Press
 
 
Gov. Jerry Brown’s nearly $107 billion spending proposal includes $7.8 million for regulating groundwater use and could lead to restrictions in pumping from wells, officials say. The groundwater measures are part of a statewide Water Action Plan proposed in the fall.

SACRAMENTO — The nearly $107 billion spending plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Jan. 9 includes $7.8 million for groundwater management and could lead to restrictions on pumping from wells, officials say. Continue reading

Environmental Lawyers and the Middle Class

Commentary by Charlie Crabtree
The Fourth Corner

Posted 1/12/2014
(original published on 7/9/2013)

All humans need food and water to survive…  The State Growth Management Board’s micromanaging will decide who has “rights” to water in Whatcom County… NOT common sense or our elected Whatcom County Council.

The Bellingham Herald has an article here on a “Growth Management Board” decision concerning water rights in Whatcom County.

The Herald’s headline is: “State board tells Whatcom County to impose restrictions on water use

Does the extremist Special Interest group FUTUREWISE control both sides of this important debate at the state Bureaucracy level? You Decide. Continue reading

Climate change study suggests cutting herds

By Eric Mortenson
Capital Press

New report from an OSU scientist says reducing cattle and other ruminant herds is the most effective way to reduce methane gas emissions and ease climate change.

A new climate change study issued by an Oregon State University professor and others concludes the best way to reduce methane gas emissions is to reduce cattle, sheep and other ruminant herds worldwide. Continue reading

Parties settle lawsuit over 90-year-old dam

December 29, 2013

Capital Press

Environmentalists who sued a Siskiyou County, Calif., water district over the operation of a roughly 90-year-old dam have reached a legal settlement with the district. The deal will result in only a slight decrease of irrigation water for area farms in average water years.

MONTAGUE, Calif. — Environmentalists who sued a water district here over the operation of a roughly 90-year-old dam here have settled the case with the district.

Klamath Riverkeeper and its ally, the Karuk Tribes, gained a slight decrease in diversions for irrigation from Shastina Reservoir to preserve the Shasta River, a key tributary to the beleaguered Klamath River. Continue reading

GOP gangs up on endangered species law

Posted 12/28/2013

The Hill

House Republicans are charging the Obama administration with using “political science” to justify adding new plants and animals to the endangered species list.

Agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service are opaque and ignore state and local officials, GOP lawmakers on the House Natural Resources Committee alleged during a Thursday hearing.

“It is true that protection of endangered species is popular among the American people,” Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) noted, but “what isn’t popular is the disruption to people’s lives and to commerce that’s happening through its implementation.” Continue reading

Opinion: Big Green’s well-financed death grip on fisheries policy must be broken

Opinion by Ron Arnold
for Washington Examiner

Poste 12/28/2013

President Obama’s administration has added to its war on coal and its wind-farm eagle-chopping policy and is trying to yank seafood out of America’s diet.

For more than a decade, the National Marine Fisheries Service has devoured fishing fleets while Big Green’s money octopus prods the feds by waving grant-eating enviros in its tentacles, causing them to hook the public’s attention with mindless frenzy against “overfishing.”

Submerge for a moment in the seething political storm that fishermen live in — examine the overwhelming network diagram above. You’re looking at 552 grants totaling $561,907,154 — over half a billion dollars from six Big Green foundations: Pew, Packard, Walton, Moore, Surdna and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, each a funding octopus with anti-fishing payday tentacles that twine and choke and, for the most part, destroy. Continue reading

Wildlife “values” to be incorporated in land use, say western governors

Posted 12/28/2013

Western Governor’s website

DEC. 12, 2013: The Western Governors’ Association today (Dec. 12) unveiled its Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool (CHAT), a cooperative effort of 16 Western states to provide the public and industry an overview of “crucial habitat” across the West.

The CHAT provides a “30,000-foot view” of habitat for pre-planning that can be used for projects as varied as “macro-siting” energy corridors and transmission routes, to comparing fish and wildlife habitat across the West. Continue reading

Study: New Water Quality Standards Would Cost Billions, Produce Little Benefit

‘Fish Consumption’ Issue Could Mean $200-a-Month Sewer Bills — Business, Local-Government Organizations Sound Alarm as Ecology Seeks Standards No One Can Meet

By Erik Smith 
Washington State Wire

Boise Cascade’s Wallula mill: Pulp and paper industry would be sharply affected.

OLYMPIA, Dec. 10.—$200-a-month sewer bills, anyone? Business and local governments are sounding a new warning about a Department of Ecology plan to impose water-quality standards so tough no one can meet them, releasing a study that points to staggering costs and not much environmental benefit.

Impact would be in the billions of dollars, yet the results still wouldn’t comply with the new state rules, says the report from HDR Engineering. Perhaps more important, the water really wouldn’t be that much cleaner. In fact, if you start totting up the greenhouse-gas emissions the policy would cause and other potential environmental harms, you get the idea the state might be trading one problem for another.

The study, commissioned by the Association of Washington Business, the Association of Washington Cities and the Washington State Association of Counties, calls attention to an issue that brings apocalyptic visions to the statehouse. By the end of 2014, the state Department of Ecology plans to adopt new rules for surface-water discharges that either would be the most stringent in the country, or else would be tied for first with Oregon. The groups say compliance costs would be so enormous the state ought to think twice. Their argument comes with a dollop of self-interest, of course, but it raises an interesting point. The agency can’t challenge the study, because it hasn’t done a cost-benefit analysis of its own. Nor is it likely to. Continue reading

Activist raises questions about method of Forest Plan “collaboration”

 


Editor’s Note:  This article is in response to an emailed newsletter sent by US Representative Derek Kilmer, (D – 6th Congressional District).  See the letter here.Olympic Peninsula Collaborative -Derek Kilmer announcement, 12.6.2013.

 

To Kilmer on Forest Plan

The Bottom line
How will your Olympic Peninsula Collaborative plan work?
Are you confident that the “US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution” has achieved a National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule that will satisfy the conflict “We the people” have with the NGO Environmental Groups?

The formation of your new partnership is called the Olympic Peninsula Collaborative.

Can you give the specific “Collaboration Process” that will be used in the context of this partnership?

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Public Participation: Requirements for public participation (including collaboration) have not changed between the proposed and final rules? Continue reading

Klamath task force reaches water agreement

Posted 12/5/2013

Seattle P-I

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Ranchers and the Klamath Tribes signed a tentative deal Monday in Klamath Falls for sharing water in the drought-stricken Upper Klamath Basin.

The rest of a special task force on water issues were to join them Tuesday at the Oregon Institute of Technology to announce the 17-page agreement in principle. Continue reading

Report finds access often denied on federal lands

by Dennis Webb
for The Westerner

Posted 12/5/2013

In the two years since the Bureau of Land Management worked with partners to provide motorized access to the Willow Creek area southwest of Meeker, the area has seen heavy use.

“The trail has been used heavily by hunters the past two years — it was definitely an area the public wanted to use,” said BLM spokesman David Boyd.

It’s a reminder that not all public lands are necessarily accessible, or at least very easily accessible, to the public. That fact has been underscored by a new analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Western Priorities, which concluded that more than 4 million acres of public land in six western states, including about 540,000 acres in Colorado, can’t be reached by their owners — the public. Continue reading

Judge’s road ruling is a travesty

Opinion – The Richfield Reaper

Posted 11/19/2013

Richfield, Utah – A ruling issued last week by U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball has the potential for devastating effects on the region as well as the public’s ability to access federally administered land.

Kimball’s ruling throws the entire travel plan for the 2.1 million acres of land administered by the Bureau of Land Management’s Richfield office into question. How the ruling will ultimately affect motorized access is not yet known, but it carries the possibility of being an economic nightmare for the region. Continue reading

Bridge Project Haulted for Fish, Wildlife Lizard Permit

KHTS AM1220

Posted 11/19/2013

The unexpected sighting of a North American legless lizard halted construction of an overpass for Highway 126 in the Santa Clarita Valley, a county official said Thursday.

County officials are now waiting for word from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife on whether the constuction may be permitted to continue, said Kerjon Lee, public affairs manager for Los Angeles County.

“We’ve submitted our permit and we haven’t received comment based on the application,” Lee said. “The minimum that (state officials) are allotted to review our application is 20 days and (Wednesday) marked 20 days.” Continue reading

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