The Issue DNR intends to implement a long term marbled murrelet conservation strategy in the near future DNR is continuing to conduct timber sales in areas that may play a role in the long

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					The Issue

DNR intends to implement a long-term marbled
murrelet conservation strategy in the near
future.


DNR is continuing to conduct timber sales in
areas that may play a role in the long-term
marbled murrelet conservation strategy.




                  Subject to changes and
                       amendments
    Marbled Murrelet Interim
     Conservation Strategy
               (HCP IV. 39-40)

Step 1. Defer harvest of suitable habitat - 1997
Step 2. “Habitat Relationship Studies” in each
         Planning Unit
Step 3. Release low quality habitat
Step 4. Survey higher quality habitat
** Science Team Report completed
Step 5. Develop long-term conservation strategy
         per HCP planning unit


                 Subject to changes and
                      amendments
      Marbled Murrelet Interim
       Conservation Strategy
Current Management Approach:

There is currently 95,000 acres of marbled murrelet
habitat deferred from harvest in the OESF, Straits,
Columbia, and South Coast Planning Units.

There is 30,000 acres of occupied marbled murrelet
sites being protected in these planning units.




                   Subject to changes and
                        amendments
Subject to changes and
     amendments
              Science Team Report

Science Team Report:
  Development of recommendations and Supporting Analysis of
  Conservation Opportunities for the Long-term Marbled Murrelet
  Conservation Strategy (2008)
  The Science Team Report Includes;
           1)Recommended biological goals for conservation,
           2) The evaluation of important landscapes to support
           biological goals,
           3) preliminary forest modeling to demonstrate tools for
           DNR to use in evaluating alternative approaches for a Long-
           term conservation strategy.

     The Science Team Report is not a draft long-term
     conservation strategy


                            Subject to changes and
                                 amendments
                   Science Team Report

The Science Team Report Recommends Three Areas
of Management:

1. Marbled Murrelet Occupied Sites = 57,482 ac
   A forest stand where murrelet nesting behavior has been observed.
2. Marbled Murrelet Occupied Site Buffers = 27,410 ac
   A 100 meter buffer area around an occupied site. The purpose is to
   mitigate blow-down, changes in micro climate effects, and to mitigate
   nest predation.
3. Marbled Murrelet Management Areas = 91,108 ac
   Areas on the landscape that have the ability to provide future potential
   nesting habitat.


                                 Subject to changes and
                                      amendments
Subject to changes and
     amendments
Science Team Report Recommendations

 Manage 176,000 acres of DNR-managed lands
 for the creation of marbled murrelet high-quality
 nesting habitat in the OESF, Straits, Columbia,
 and South Coast Planning Units.


 These areas should be actively managed through
 silvicultural techniques emphasizing the goal of
 habitat development in the shortest time period.



                    Subject to changes and
                         amendments
Updated Management Requirements

In addition to the 95,000 acres protected
under the marbled murrelet interim
strategy, DNR will apply increased
protection of occupied sites and their
buffers:
• An additional 29,688 acres will be
      protected.
• Starting with FY12 sales, 100 meter buffers will
      be applied to all sales adjacent to occupied
      marbled murrelet sites.

                   Subject to changes and
                        amendments
    Next steps toward a long-term marbled
       murrelet conservation strategy
DNR must conduct a full analysis of options for a
Marbled Murrelet Long Term Strategy that:
     •Provides the most revenue benefit to the Trust
     Beneficiaries.

     •Provides the most conservation benefit to the
     marbled murrelet population.

     •Is acceptable by the federal services.

     •Is operationally feasible.

                         Subject to changes and
                              amendments
Next steps toward a long-term marbled
   murrelet conservation strategy
After completion of the OESF Forest Land Plan,
staff will be available to initiate the marbled
murrelet long-term strategy.


DNR will make this a high priority and expedite
the process to the greatest extent possible.




                  Subject to changes and
                       amendments

				
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