Deciding where and how to allocate scarce funding to conserve plants and animals in a changing and uncertain climate is a thorny issue. A new paper using numerical modelling identifies the most effective mix of conservation measures based on the level of expenditure available. Subscription required for full articles.
The Wild Olympics Campaign to add private lands to federal wilderness protection could cost Clallam and Jefferson counties as many as 72 jobs in the forest industry, according to an economic report released at Monday’s Port of Port Angeles commissioners’ meeting. If the plan by an environmental coalition based in Seattle were fully implemented, losses could be as much as $3.5 million in wages, said Dan Underwood, who teaches economics and environmental science at Peninsula College.
The Wild Olympics Campaign proposes a long-term series of purchases that could add 37,000 acres — mainly on the West End — to Olympic National Park, 450 miles of wild and scenic-designated rivers and 134,000 acres of other wilderness additions to the Olympic Peninsula. According to the plan, parcels of land purchased under a “willing seller” agreement over the next 40 years could become additions to Olympic National Park and other wilderness designations with the approval of Congress. Wild Olympics leadership is currently working to draft a bill to present to Congress for consideration.
The port commissioners have stated that they will not support any plan that will cost jobs in the region.
Last year, the state Auditor’s Office said the Partnership had misspent state funds and circumvented various state laws. Now, the legislature’s audit committee says the Puget Sound Partnership hasn’t put the systems in place to make sure that it’s doing its job; that Puget Sound is actually getting cleaner.
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