Skagit County to host Clean Water Program Reauthorization Public Hearing

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- The Skagit Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing regarding a resolution reauthorizing the Clean Water (Shellfish Protection) District established in Skagit County Code 6.68 on Tuesday, June 25th, at 8:45 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room located at 1800 Continental Place in Mount Vernon. The public hearing provides an opportunity for citizens to provide comment on the proposed reauthorization, according to a news release from the county. Citizens can also join the meeting and provide comment via Zoom at the link on the Commissioner’s webpage below.     (read more)

Proposed plan would guide Washington’s efforts to better prepare for and deal with climate impacts

(OLYMPIA)- Climate change is already increasing the severity of wildfires, heatwaves, droughts, and floods in Washington. Slower, less visible impacts caused by climate change, like sea level rise and ocean acidification, are also putting added stress on our state ’s communities, infrastructure, and the natural environment. “Climate change is already harming every corner of our state,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “We must do more to protect the health of our people, our environment, and our economy from the devastating impacts of climate change.” To help Washington prepare for these impacts, the Washington Department of Ecology is working with     (read more)

Forest Service opens 30-day public comment period for Legacy Roads and Trails remediation program projects in Pacific Northwest Region

(PORTLAND, OR)- The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region has opened a 30-day public comment period for the Legacy Roads and Trails (LRT) Remediation Program funding for Fiscal Years 2025 and 2026. The public comment period opened June 1 and will remain open through June 30, 2024, according to a news release from the Forest Service. The public is invited to provide input on LRT-eligible projects to help guide the region's efforts in protecting and improving vital natural resources. Feedback will be taken through a web map application. Users will be able to comment on any project in the application     (read more)

Northwest Forest Plan Federal Advisory Committee to meet June 25-27 in Olympia

(PORTLAND, OR)- The Northwest Forest Plan Area Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) will meet June 25-27, at the Courtyard Marriott Conference Room, located at 2301 Henderson Park Ln. Olympia, Wash. The focus of the June meeting is for the FAC to provide the Forest Service recommendations for updates to the Northwest Forest Plan Amendment, according to a news release from the Forest Service. The Secretary of Agriculture established the FAC to support ongoing efforts to update the Northwest Forest Plan, which applies to forest plans in specific areas of Washington, Oregon, and California. The FAC brings together representatives with diverse perspectives     (read more)

Burn Ban takes effect June 15, 2024, for all Skagit County

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Due to current and forecasted weather conditions, a modified burn ban for all residential and land clearing fires in unincorporated Skagit County will go into effect at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2024, and continue until further notice. Skagit County will no longer issue permits for these activities and existing permits are suspended, according to a news release from the county. Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high, remain allowed when safety precautions are followed, except as noted below. Recreational or cooking fires may consist only of charcoal, seasoned firewood, or propane-fueled firepits     (read more)

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