Attend ODFW Commission Meeting To Testify
August 3, 2018 | ODFW Headquarters in Salem, Oregon
At this upcoming meeting, the ODFW Commission will be reviewing toothless voluntary survival guidelines for the Marbled Murrelet—a virtually meaningless substitute for the mandatory survival guidelines that they would have adopted if they had uplisted the species.
This is our opportunity to let the ODFW Commission know that their capitulation to logging interests in June was outrageous, to urge the Commission to follow through on their February decision to uplist the Marbled Murrelet to Endangered and to adopt mandatory survival guidelines for this species.
We will be in touch about meeting logistics and for potential carpool opportunities from Portland. Please wear a green shirt to show your support for Marbled Murrelet protection. Whether or not you can attend the meeting, please click here to sign on to an editable form letter. We strongly encourage you to personalize your letter.
What We Are Advocating For
- The Commission should follow through on their February commitment to uplist the Marbled Murrelet to Endangered. Express your deep concern that the Commission reversed their decision to uplist the Marbled Murrelet as endangered at the June meeting ignoring the science that had been compiled in the ODFW Staff’s Marbled Murrelet Status Review Report. The Commission needs to uphold the mission of ODFW and they blatantly failed to do so in June.
- Adopt survival guidelines that follow those originally provided by ODFW staff at the June 2018 meeting with the following amendments that: Require land-managing agencies to adopt the Pacific Seabird Group Protocol as the “Approved survey” for monitoring state forest lands for murrelet occupancy, presence, and potential absence & require protection of all high quality suitable Marbled Murrelet nesting habitat (both occupied and unoccupied).
- Adopt mandatory (not voluntary) survival guidelines for the Marbled Murrelet. Because the Commission voted in June to reverse their February decision to uplist the murrelet, ODFW intends the murrelet survival guidelines to have no force of law. Please urge the Commission to implement enforceable guidelines to ensure land-managing agencies provide protections for murrelets and their habitat that will help the species recover.