Wednesday, October 24, 2012

U.S. Fish & Wildlife: Save the Plovers, Kill the Ravens

Oh, the snowy plover. Such a wee bird to trigger such a spectrum of emotion. At yesterday’s Humboldt County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, reactions to a plan to poison plover predators ranged from concern to outrage. - Jennifer Savage/Lost Coast Outpost

Supervisor Mark Lovelace pressed for more project specifics before agreeing to support the poisoning plan. Before introducing poison into the environment, “we need to have an actual plan to consider,” he said. He made a motion to have Fish and Wildlife staff return with a draft plan that would include the details of the poison’s effectiveness elsewhere.

No one seconded.

Watkins asked the board what they would like to see, reminding them that FWS has “exhausted all real alternatives.” The project is due to start in January.

First District Supervisor Rex Bohn asserted that if the project had “timber” in the name, there’d be a big outcry from the public, that not enough information had been provided, not enough stakeholders had been included. “They’re so restricted now,” he said. He also proposed a delay, asking Watkins to come back with more information and further input from the public.

Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg and Second District Supervisor Clif Clendenen both supported the project, but agreed to wait – the vote to continue the item until November or December received a unanimous vote.

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