[Tweeters] WDFW Eide Road meeting coming up

Tyler Hicks uplandsandpiper at hotmail.com
Tue Oct 8 16:16:58 PDT 2013


I think you would have a lot more support if you modified your approach. Some of the language on your website clearly shows an agenda that doesn't reflect the realities of multi-use public land management. For instance you characterize bird hunting as "obscene slaughter of pheasants and waterfowl" but hunting is in fact how many people connect with nature. The fact they use a gun and you use a spotting scope is irrelevant. Our public lands are managed for everyone's use. Perhaps you should look for a solution that would maintain access for birders and hunters alike. Perhaps a partial closure to hunting might be more sellable than an entire closure or something else along those lines.

While I agree that birders can pump money to local economies hunters equally do so. Additionally hunters buy licenses and permits from the state which directly fund WDFW thus making their voices and concerns more likely to be heard and acted upon my the state. Additionally, many organizations funded by hunters, such as Ducks Unlimited, do great things to restore habitat for waterfowl and other species, such as shorebirds, benefit from wetland restoration and creation. What I am trying to say here is that hunters are not your enemy in this case but they are your ally and likely want to maintain access as much as you. Why divide your forces? Just a suggestion.

Cheers,

Tyler Hicks
Ecologist/Naturalist/Farmer
Ridgefield, WA

From: marlin at oneearthimages.com
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2013 12:43:35 -0700
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] WDFW Eide Road meeting coming up

The first WDFW public meeting to discuss the future of Eide Road is coming up. This note is from the WDFW email list:Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled a public meeting on Wednesday, October 30 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm to discuss the Leque Island Alternatives Analysis and Design project. The meeting will be held in the Stanwood Middle School cafeteria, located at 9405 271st St NW Stanwood, WA 98292.
I have been totally frustrated with the lack of interest by birders, photographers, Audubon, etc., anyone who loves going to Eide Road but doesn't seem to care about its future. If you like visiting Eide Road as a birder or photographer, please help get the word out about this meeting. If we don't make some noise the site is probably going away for all but duck hunters.
Please see my website http://www.friendsofeideroad.org for the full story.

Marlin Greene: One Earth Images
105 NW 75th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
www.oneearthimages.com
Ph: 206.784.1641





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