PCMRC Meeting

The Pacific County Marine Resources Committee will be holding their monthly meeting on Wednesday October 10th at 1 PM at the Grays Harbor College Campus in Riverview. The meeting will be to discuss a letter of support for the Rue Creek WCRI Proposal. The agenda for the meeting is posted below.

PCMRC Agenda 10-10-18

 

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PCD 5-Year Long Range Plan

The Pacific Conservation District will be holding two Community Meetings to discuss the development of a 5-year Long Range Plan. The first meeting will be held on October 15th, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Long Beach at the South County Administration Building, 7013 Sandridge Rd, Long Beach, WA 98637. The second meeting will be held on October 16th, 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in South Bend at the Pacific County Courthouse Annex, 1216 W Robert Bush Drive South Bend, WA 98586.

The purpose of these community meetings is to gather local citizens thoughts and ideas for the districts focus moving into the future. These ideas and thoughts will be used towards our 5-year Long Range Plan, that will be made available to the public as soon as its completed after the New Year.

 

 

Voluntary Stewardship Program

Background on VSP

1990 – Washington Legislature passes Growth Management Act (GMA), which requires state and local governments to manage growth by identifying and protecting critical areas, designating urban growth areas, and preparing and implementing plans and regulations. Implementation of GMA requirements meets with years of conflict and lawsuits.

2006 – State Supreme Court in the case of Swinomish v. Skagit County declares agricultural lands are not exempt from critical area protection requirements.

2007 – In response to GMA conflicts, Washington Legislature charges Ruckelshaus Center – a collaborative, problem-solving center – to examine the conflict between protecting agricultural lands and protecting critical areas under GMA.

2010-11 – Based on recommendations of the Ruckelshaus Center, the legislature creates VSP at the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC). VSP represents a voluntary, incentive-based approach that offers counties an alternative for meeting GMA requirements related to protecting critical areas and agricultural lands. No new state funding providing for VSP, and counties are not obligated to implement it until funding is made available.

2012 – Counties given choice to opt-in to VSP or continue to meet GMA requirements as written under existing law. Twenty-eight of 39 counties opt-in to VSP.

2013 – State funds made available for two pilot counties – Thurston and Chelan – to begin VSP planning process.

2015 – State provides funding for 26 remaining VSP counties to begin planning process.

What are critical areas?

There are five critical areas identified in Washington’s GMA:

1.) Wetlands

2.) Frequently flooded areas

3.) Critical aquifer recharge areas

4.) Geologically hazardous areas

5.) Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas (emphasis on anadromous fish)

 

Job Openings – Natural Resources Crew Technicians

The Pacific Conservation District (PCD) is recruiting to fill two non-permanent Natural Resource Crew Technicians. These positions are anticipated to last between 3 and 4 months during the summer of 2018. Preference will be given to candidates currently enrolled in a natural resource college program. For more information on the positions please read: Crew Job Announcement

To submit an application, email a resume, cover letter, and list of references to PCD Aquatic Habitat Restoration Project Manager Brandon Carman at cdfishtech@gmail.com. Applications are due by 4pm April 25th, 2018. Questions can be directed to Brandon at the above email address or at (360) 249-8532.

Pacific Conservation District Elections

Pursuant to WAC 135-110-370, no poll site, absentee balloting or mail balloting will be performed. The Pacific Conservation District Board of Supervisors hereby informs the voting public that the incumbent has been re-elected to the currently open seat by reasons of being the only person filing for the position by the filing deadline. For further information, please contact the district at (360) 875-6735.

Please note there is another elected position available and application information is still available.