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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.

In response to this growing environmental crisis, the Washington State legislature created the Puget Sound Partnership a state agency dedicated to identifying, prioritizing, and coordinating efforts to protect and RESTORE PUGET SOUND. Since its founding in 2007, the partnership has collaborated with state and federal agencies, local governments, tribes, businesses, and citizen groups to achieve specific cleanup and restoration goals for Puget Sound.

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No doubt with MORE THAN 600 RESTORATION PARTNERS the following is a true statement

In addition, multiple, overlapping jurisdictions and AUTHORITIES creates challenges for coordinated decision-making and proactive planning.

Even the government is clueless, when it comes to how many nuts are responsible for planning, authorizing and implementing the RESTORATION SHELL GAME .

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A DECEPTIVE? AND EVASIVE? NGO OR GOVERNMENT ACTION OR PLOY, ESPECIALLY A POLITICAL “GAME OF RESTORATION” ONE.

Who knew about this?

(PSNERP) PUGET SOUND NEARSHORE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT
A 373 PAGE REPORT ON THE RESTORATION OF PUGET SOUND.

THIS IS NOT A CASUAL REPORT OF RESTORATION FOR THE SMP UPDATE

The PSNERP GI study area includes the entire portion of Puget Sound, and the Straits of Juan deFuca and southern Strait of Georgia that occur within the borders of the United States; data is also acquired for water shed drainage areas of Puget Sound rivers that extend into Canada.

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Pursuant to WAC 197-11-900 (922-948),the department of ecology
Under chapter 43.372 RCW,
PACIFIC COAST MARINE SPATIAL PLAN (MSP).
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A FEDERAL Part of the PUGET SOUND restoration plan
FINAL May 2009, GEOSPATIAL METHODOLOGY USED IN THE PSNERP COMPREHENSIVE CHANGE ANALYSIS OF PUGET SOUND

(PSNERP) PUGET SOUND NEARSHORE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT
A 373 PAGE REPORT ON THE RESTORATION OF PUGET SOUND

The PSNERP GI study area includes the entire portion of Puget Sound, and the Straits of Juan deFuca and southern Strait of Georgia that occur within the borders of the United States; data is also acquired for water shed drainage areas of Puget Sound rivers that extend into Canada.

This is not a casual report of RESTORATION for SMP mitigation.
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Pursuant to WAC 197-11-900 (922-948),the department of ecology
Under chapter 43.372 RCW,
PACIFIC COAST MARINE SPATIAL PLAN (MSP).
Once the MSP is complete, ecology will submit it to the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for its review and APPROVAL for incorporation into
Washington’s FEDERALLY APPROVED coastal zone management program
Under the 1972 CONGRESS ENACTED FEDERAL Coastal Zone Management ACT
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Pursuant to WAC 197-11-900 (922-948),the department of ecology
PACIFIC COAST MARINE SPATIAL PLAN (MSP).

In addition, multiple, overlapping jurisdictions and AUTHORITIES creates challenges for coordinated decision-making and proactive planning.
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Coastal Zone Management Act – Office of Ocean and Coastal …
coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/czm/czm_act.html‎

Congressional Action to Help Manage Our Nation’s Coasts … growth in the coastal zone by passing the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) in 1972. The Act …
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1972 CONGRESS ENACTS FEDERAL Clean water act
CWA | Civil Enforcement | Compliance and Enforcement | U.S. EPA
www.epa.gov/Compliance/civil/cwa/index.html‎


 

Additional Information

The ROSS Approach to Puget Sound

OUR WATER AND TIMBER

by Pearl Rains-Hewitt
Behind My Back

Posted 5/11/2015

 THE REGIONAL OPEN SPACE STRATEGY (ROSS)

 http://openspacepugetsound.org/ross-approach

LOCAL PRIORITIES IN PUGET SOUND

At the heart of the ROSS are WATERSHED Open Space Strategies, engaging local stakeholders who know the priorities and challenges of their sub-basins intimately.

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Local stakeholders who know the priorities and challenges of their sub-basins intimately?  Skagit and Clallam County.

Behind My Back | High, Dry and Destitute

www.behindmyback.org/2015/02/01/highdry-and-destitute/

Feb 1, 2015 – High, Dry and Destitute WA State citizens, private property owners and …

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REGIONAL ANALYSIS IN PUGET SOUND

Together, we will analyze and SYNTHESIZE local priorities and regional challenges to plan across traditional jurisdictional and watershed boundary lines for our shared future.

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THE ROSS APPROACH ON MANAGED  TIMBER  PRODUCTION

 GOT TIMBER?  WANT DNR TO GIVE CLALLAM COUNTY’S TIMBER BACK?

 THE  WASHINGTON  STATE  DEPARTMENT  OF  NATURAL  RESOURCES  HAS  GIS  SPATIAL  DATA  SETS  ABOUT  FOREST  PRACTICES  WHERE  THE  TIMBER  HARVEST  AREAS  CAN  BE  SEEN  IN  POLYGONS.

 BETTER CHECK IT OUT…

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I Signed up for the ROSS Newsletter!

I will receive monthly project updates and opportunities to get engaged in the Regional Open Space Strategy.

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Informing Conservation Decisions Based on Ecosystem Services

Managed  timber  production PAGE 9

In  the  context  of the  ROSS,  we  ATTEMPTED  to  use  the  MODEL  to  assess  general  habitat  rarity  and  quality  within  our  focus  area.

All  types  of  land  covers  that  were  open  space habitat.

THREATS  CONSIDERED  IN  THE  MODEL  WERE  ROADS,  HIGHWAY,  TRAILS,  AND  DEVELOPED  LAND.  The  relative  sensitivities  of  land  cover  to  these  THREATS  used  in  the  model  WERE  PLACEHOLDERS  SINCE  CONCLUSIVE  DATA  FOR  THESE  VALUES  COULD  NOT  BE  FOUND.

Ultimately, we  could  not  run  the  model, even  as  a  trial,  because  of  technical  issues.  The  InVEST software  displayed  an  error  that  the  GIS  data  used  did  not  cover  the  same  geographic  space.

While  this  was  not  the  case,  our  team  did  not  resolve  the  issue in  time  for  this  report.  Managed  timber  production  model  The  InVEST  timber  model  has  been  developed  to  measure  the  amount  and  volume  of  the  timber  produced  over  a  time  period  and  to  calculate  the  net  present  value  of  that.

The  amount  of  timber  harvests  from  both  natural  forests  and  managed  plantations  can  be  estimated  by  using  this  model.    The  model  requires vector  GIS  data,  information  about  harvest  levels,  frequency  of  harvest,  costs  of  harvesting  and  management  practices for  each  timber  harvest  parcel.  The  model  can  make  two  types  of  calculations  in  terms  of  the  selected  time  period:  the  timber  parcel  map  can  be  related  either  to  a  current  map  or  to  a  future  scenario  map.

The  TIMBER  MODEL  can  be  especially  useful  for  ONE  OF  THE ROSS’  KEY  AREAS: “Rural  and  Resource  Lands”.    Since  the  model  gives  as  output  the  amount  and  volume  of  the  timber  produced  over  a  period  of  time  and  that  harvest’s  net  present  value,  it  can  be  beneficial  in  terms  of  calculating the  OPPORTUNITY  costs  of  preserving  a  forestland  or  opening  it  up  for  development.  

THE  WASHINGTON  STATE  DEPARTMENT  OF  NATURAL  RESOURCES  HAS  GIS  SPATIAL  DATA  SETS  ABOUT  FOREST  PRACTICES  WHERE  THE  TIMBER  HARVEST  AREAS  CAN  BE  SEEN  IN  POLYGONS.  The  information  about  the  volume  of  timber  produced  is  available  too.

HOWEVER,  in  order  to  be  able  to  run  the  model  other  data  needs  (such  as  frequency  of  harvesting,  percentage  of harvesting,  maintenance  cost,  and  harvesting  cost)  need  to  be  collected  from  the  timber  parcel  owners.

While  running  trial  of  this  model  we  discovered  that  in  order to  find  the  necessary  data  mentioned  above  to  run  the  model  we  would  need  to  conduct  a  field  study  and  collect  the  information  from  each  parcel  owner.  As  our  time  to  complete  the  study  was  limited, we  could  not  conduct  a  field  study.  It  may  be  POSSIBLE  in  the  future  to use  sustainable  forest  practices  information  to  estimate  for  example  the  frequency  of  timber  harvesting  in  Pierce  County.

HOWEVER,  we learned  that the  definition  of  sustainable  forest  practices  may  vary  from  one  landowner  to  another  and  that  we  cannot  generalize  one  model  for  each  timber  harvest.

THUS,  as  a  result  we  could  not  run  the  model.  Figure  6  provides  an  example  for how  the  model  output  can  be  used  in  VISUALIZATION  of  different  scenarios.

The  last  column  in  the  figure  entitled  “MARKET  VALUE  OF  COMMODITY  PRODUCTION”  includes  the  value  of  the  timber  produced  in  that  area.  The  greenest  color  represents  the  highest  production  of  ecosystem  services  and  the  pinkest  color  represents  the  lowest  value  of  them.  For  example, in  the  conservation  scenario  it  can  be  seen  that  the  market  value  of  the  commodity  produced is  lowest  whereas  carbon  sequestration  has  the  highest  value  in  that  scenario……

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OUR WATER And OUR TIMBER, WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?

Ask a Silly Question?

The Butterfly has landed?
What does the expansion of a military base  have to do with designating 150 acres of Clallam County property to a WA State conservancy group as OPEN SPACE FOR AN ENDANGERED BUTTERFLY?

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THE REGIONAL OPEN SPACE STRATEGY (ROSS)

DRAFT Committee Structure & Organizational Framework

Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS)

DRAFT

Committee Structure & Organizational Framework

Executive Committee

Role: Project Guidance & Endorsement of ROSS

Lead: Ron Sims (PSP Leadership Council)

Oct 12, 2011 – … Executive Ron Sims to the Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council.

Members: PSRC; Decision-Makers in King, Kitsap,

Pierce, & Snohomish; Land & Resource Conservation

Agency & Association Directors; MAJOR AGRICULTURE &

FORESTRY INTERESTS, Large Community Organizations;

and Supporting Financial Institutions

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ROSS Project Team

Role: Staffing & Coordination

Lead: Green Futures Lab

Members: NCLC, National Park

Service RTCA Program, & The

Bullitt Foundation.

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Steering Committee

Role: Oversight, Integrated ROSS Development

Lead: TBD Members:

Land Trusts; Key National, State, PSRC,

County, City, Tribe, & Port Staff; Environmental

Management Orgs.; Advocacy & Community Interests;

Economic/Workforce Interests; Design & Planning

Professionals, and Research Institutions

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Technical Advisory Committees

Role: Work Sessions & Issue Paper

Lead: Bob Feurstenberg

& TBD Members:, USFS, NPS, TPL, TNC,

Earth Economics, PSP, Forterra

PSRC, Research Institutes, etc

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Recreation & Trails Advisory Committee

Role: Work Sessions & Issue Paper

Lead: Amy Shumann (PHSKC) & Jennifer Knauer(PSP)

Members:  WSDOT, BAW, CBC, NPS, TPL, SPF, Parks/Recreation &

Health Depts., Greenways, etc

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Rural & Resource Lands Advisory Committee

Role: Work Sessions & Issue Paper

Lead: Lauren Smith (King County) & Skip Swenson (Forterra)

Members: TPL, TNC, Land Trusts, Farm/Forestry Orgs., Labor, Property Rights, Cons.

Dists., etc.

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Urban & Community Plan Advisory Committee

 Role: Work Sessions & Issue Paper

Lead: Joe Tovar (Inova) & Ben Bakkenta( PSRC)

Members: Forterra, ULI, Impact Capital, Great City,

Tilth, SPF, Groundswell NW, Greenways, etc

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WATERSHED OPEN SPACE TASKFORCES

Role: Watershed Open Space Studies.

Leads:  Associated Watershed Councils & Conservation Districts

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Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS)

INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ALL OF THE ATTACHMENTS BELOW

It’s an extensive partnership of governments and non-profits.

Implementation of the strategy will require buy-in $$$$$$ And, the power

They have begun mapping the priority areas to consider for acquisition

Conservation Decisions Based on Ecosystem Services

Prepared for the Regional Open Space Strategy of Central Puget Sound

Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS)

http://openspacepugetsound.org/ross-approach

The ROSS approach brings together decision makers, planners, businesses, and individuals with the power to make smart, regional-based, and coordinated decisions to support open space and our future quality of life in the Puget Sound Region. This collaborative effort is stewarded by the University of Washington’s award-winning Green Futures Lab.

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I found above plan/strategy in the MRSC publication.  This has to be a part of the desired ARL sweep.  The article says they have begun mapping the priority areas to consider for acquisition (haven’t found them yet).  Implementation of the strategy will require buy-in from an informed citizenry and the support of the regions leaders from both public and private sectors.

IT’S AN EXTENSIVE PARTNERSHIP OF GOVERNMENTS AND NON-PROFITS.

http://openspacepugetsound.org/ross-approach

DRAFT Committee Structure & Organizational Framework

Introduction to the Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS)

A Collective Vision

PRELIMINARY COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY

Researching and Analyzing Governance Models for UW Green Futures Research + Design Lab

Informing Conservation Decisions Based on Ecosystem Services

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THIS  EXTENSIVE PARTNERSHIP OF GOVERNMENTS AND NON-PROFITS, HAS BECOME AN ALL TOO FREQUENT PATTERN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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This is part of  my comment on the Clallam County New SMP Matrix

THE NGO, NOTHING TO LOSERS, PILING ONE NGO NON-TAXPAYING  SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPIES COMMENTS,  on top of another NGO non-taxpaying  special interest group comment, all in collusion with, in cahoots with, in partnership,affiliated with, paid for by and with grants and with our tax dollars, from  local, county, state and federal government agencies.

AND, WITH ALL OF OUR FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL  ELECTED, APPOINTED AND PAID EMPLOYEES IN ALL AGENCIES, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH, IN COLLUSION WITH, IN CAHOOTS WITH, AFFILIATED WITH AND COORDINATING WITH THE GLOBAL, OUT OF TOWNERS, NGO, NOTHING TO LOSERS NON-TAXPAYING  OPPORTUNISTIC SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS.

Sound familiar?

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Indeed, THIS  EXTENSIVE PARTNERSHIP OF GOVERNMENTS AND NON-PROFITS, HAS BECOME AN ALL TOO FREQUENT PATTERN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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

A quote from Gerry O’Keefe, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership.

The Washington State legislature created the Puget Sound Partnership a state agency dedicated to identifying, prioritizing, and coordinating efforts to protect and RESTORE PUGET SOUND.

Since its founding in 2007, the partnership has collaborated with state and federal agencies, local governments, tribes, businesses, and citizen groups to achieve specific cleanup and restoration goals for Puget Sound.

Who knew about this? Who knew about ROSS?

(PSNERP) PUGET SOUND NEARSHORE ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION PROJECT
A 373 PAGE REPORT ON THE RESTORATION OF PUGET SOUND.

THIS IS NOT A CASUAL REPORT OF RESTORATION FOR THE SMP UPDATE

The PSNERP GI study area includes the entire portion of Puget Sound, and the Straits of Juan deFuca and southern Strait of Georgia that occur within the borders of the United States;

 DATA IS ALSO ACQUIRED FOR WATER SHED DRAINAGE AREAS of Puget Sound rivers that extend into Canada.

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

A quote from Gerry O’Keefe, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership.

 

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