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Protecting Washington's murrelets and old-growth forest

Thank you and 380 others for taking action! The comment period has closed. Thanks for speaking up for murrelets and old forests in Washington.

Washington State is developing a conservation strategy for marbled murrelets–small, shy seabirds that nest in old-growth forests and feed in the Pacific Ocean. Murrelets prefer large areas of old-growth forest in western Washington for nesting; they avoid fragmented and partially developed forest landscapes.

The Department of Natural Resources needs to hear from you! Urge them to conserve marbled murrelets and their older forest habitat in western Washington.

Conserving older forest protects more than murrelets. The Pacific Northwest's old-growth forests provide essential habitat for more than a thousand species and store more climate-warming carbon than most other forests in the world.

Background: In 1992, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed marbled murrelet as a threatened species in Washington, Oregon, and California in response to precipitous declines in the abundance and distribution of their habitat. Murrelets also face threats from nest predation by crows and ravens, and reduced prey quantity and quality from changing ocean conditions. Despite protections on federal land, about 10% of murrelet habitat has been lost in Washington since listing and murrelet populations have declined by almost 30%.

Comment by 7-1-13. Personalizing your message makes a difference. Thank you!

Direct contact: sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov, Washington Department of Natural Resources, SEPA Center, P.O. Box 47001, Olympia, WA 98504-7001