[Tweeters] Purchase of nearly 97, 000 acres of forest, in three counties

Rob Conway robin_birder at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 7 09:23:17 PST 2013


The Muckleshoot Nation is far more likely to respect the land a resources and carefully manage this area than many other buyers. I have great respect for the great repect that our nations of first people show our environment. Write to the council and if they have one their environment/land use director - ask about the plan, don't assume the worst! http://nwifc.org/w/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/2013-Tribal-Natural-Resources-Directory-Update.pdf


Rob Conway
Camas, WA
45.58°N 122.44°W - elevation 310 ft.
robin_birder at hotmail.com

Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 06:58:53 -0800
From: vickibiltz at gmail.com
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] Purchase of nearly 97, 000 acres of forest, in three counties

Feeling sad as I read the morning paper. Muckleshoot Tribe has purchased nearly 97,000 acres of forest in my neck of the woods. According to what my husband Mark could tell, the purchase cuts DEEPLY into Federation Forest, one of our favorite places for hiking. This is the area I found my recent Barred Owl which I photographed in October. (of course I know the Barred Owl is a serious threat to the Spotted, but that won't matter in this area now…)
They were financed by Hancock Natural Resources. the link http://enet-vip.jhancock.com/hnrg/ gives the full name of the portion that is financing this. Hancock Timber Resources….
To me, this is really sad, as I have gotten reports for a number of years about the young spotted owls spending fall and parts of the winter in this area. Twice they asked me to do a bird survey in a huge part of this forest, and I turned them down both times.
Boy, do I regret that now…. On a good note, I did see what appeared to be my first winter Eared Grebe on Lake Tapps, as I turned into our culdesac. The Trumpeter Swans should be showing up soon…

Vicki BiltzBonney Lake, WA 98391

vickibiltz at gmail.comhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/saw-whets_new/

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