The Marbled Murrelet Coalition includes Conservation Northwest, Defenders of Wildlife, Olympic Forest Coalition, Seattle Audubon Society, Washington Environmental Council, and Washington Forest Law Center.
What murrelets need for recovery:
- A conservation strategy that will stabilize and increase the murrelet population on state-managed lands, broaden its geographic distribution, and increase its resilience to natural disturbances and climate change
- Protection of vital habitat on state-managed lands in key geographic areas, including where extensive murrelet habitat has been lost to private timber harvests
- Protection of all murrelet nest sites, quality murrelet habitat, and forests that will become quality habitat in the near future, as recommended by scientists
- Substantial buffers around nest sites to prevent nest predation, physical damage, and other detrimental impacts of habitat fragmentation
- Restoration forestry practices to improve degraded habitat, especially to support development of large blocks of contiguous high-quality habitat
Read more about murrelets & state lands
The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for creating a Long Term Conservation Strategy for the murrelet, and we need to speak up in support of science-based conservation strategies that will help its recovery. DNR has released a revised draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIS) with eight proposed alternatives for a conservation strategy. Click here for a ‘story map’ of this process and document. Our state forest lands, manged by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), are vitally important to murrelet recovery because of their geographic locations and forest characteristics. The public comment period for the RDEIS closed on December 6th, 2018.
What you can do:
- The public comment period closed on December 6th, 2018. You can still:
- Follow Murrelet Survival Project on Facebook and check back on this web page for news and updates on this process
- Read a sample comment letter and talking points on the RDEIS assembled by the Marbled Murrelet Coalition
- Watch a webinar that was hosted by Kara Whittaker, PhD, of the Washington Forest Law Center on October 24th for a deep dive into the RDEIS and the conservation community’s analysis and response
- Presentation slides are also posted here
- Attend a Board of Natural Resources meeting with the option to provide public testimony
About the bird:
The marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a small seabird that flies up to 55 miles inland to nest on the mossy branches of mature and old-growth conifers. The murrelet is in decline due to the loss of vital nesting habitat, mainly from historic and ongoing logging. Federally-listed as threatened, and state-listed as endangered, this is a critical time for the seabird whose population in Washington declined 44% between 2001 and 2016.
For more information on the marbled murrelet, click here.