November 28, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. State Representative Mike Chapman led the flag salute.
Jack G. moved and Cherie K. seconded acceptance of minutes for November 21. Motion carried.
Matthew said Cricket Wireless, in the Plaza, is having a raffle with proceeds to go to “Pennies for Quarters”. Calvert Homes in Sequim is collecting warm clothing for Veterans.
Captain Joseph House will host the National Traveling Memorial Tribute Towers on Dec. 8 – 11.
Chris Kidd asks for support to install higher fences on the 8th Street bridges. Letters can be sent to the Council who will discuss the issue at their December 11 meeting.
Clallam EDC and Washington Export Outreach Team are sponsoring a workshop on “Growing Your Business Internationally” on December 4 – 9:30am to 2:30pm – at the Lincoln Center building. Special Guest Speaker will be Representative Derek Kilmer.
Luke Robins said the Annual First Federal Pirate Basketball Classic will be this weekend. He said the College will be the site of the Jingle Jazz one for the Holiday Production at the Little Theater. (11/7/17 @ 7:00pm). KONP will broadcast.
Carol Johnson, Executive Director of the North Olympic Timber Action Committee (NOTAC) gave a 30 year review of the Olympic Region Timber activities. She said her main concern is the non-managed land, lack of timber harvest, lack of a ten year report and the amount of land and time devoted to the Marbled Murrelet and the Spotted Owl is resulting in decrease in revenue and sales and jobs. Non-productivity, conservation, wet lands, unstable slopes are all adding to the problem. Non-harvested means lack of money for school. She said the Murrelet which spends 95% of its life at sea will get more land, not less, in planned DNR models.
Big fires can happen more often when land is not managed and who there is high wind damage.
Q & A:
Q: What can citizens do?
A: More involvement so environmental groups, which have all the money, do not get all the time/floor at DNR meetings.
** Grant Munro commented that people in the Seattle / Puget Sound area do not care about the west end. He said one timber sale would have paid for the Juvenile Center and for the Swimming Pool. **
Q: Will most of the 40,000 plus acres for the Murrelet come from the West End?
A: Let DNR know what you do and don’t want.
Q: Federal affect on local forest lands?
A: Unproven at this time. Federal Regulations affect impacted areas more than other areas.
Q: Where does DNR get its funding?
A: A management fee is assessed. Too much of that is being spent on meeting and handling regulations thus not leaving staff time to work on sales. The return on money is not there.
Dec 5: PA School District Representatives on Feb. Levy
Dec 12: PABA Christmas Party
Dec 26: No meeting.
Jan 2: No meeting.
Jan 9: No meeting. Join PABA/Chamber Luncheon on Jan 10.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35am.