Friday, November 8, 2019

11/8 Desolation Sound, Squamish housing, Tribal Nations' climate, pacific fisher protection, Trump's dredging

Desolation Sound [BC Parks]
Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park
This park is a boater’s paradise at the confluence of Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel. Yachters have been enjoying the spectacular vistas and calm waters for generations. In recent years, kayakers have enjoyed exploring the islands and coves that make up the unique shoreline. Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park has more than 60 km of shoreline, several islands, numerous small bays and snug coves. The warm waters of the park are ideal for swimming and scuba diving; the forested upland offers a shady refuge of trails and small lakes and designated campgrounds. (BC Parks)

Vancouver mayor calls massive First Nation development a 'gift to the city'
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says he supports a local First Nation's plan to build a large-scale housing project in the centre of the city that is raising concerns about the pressures it will place on city infrastructure and services. The Squamish Nation is planning to construct 11 housing towers with 6,000 housing units on 11 acres of property it owns at the south end of the Burrard Street Bridge. The Senakw development will be on federal reserve land, meaning the nation does not need permission from the city to forge ahead. (CBC) See also: Tenants on First Nations land face complex legal landscape  Tenants of a 6,000-unit rental housing project proposed for Kits Point in Vancouver will be protected under either the provincial Residential Tenancy Act or something very much like it, according to a Squamish First Nation councillor. Randy Shore reports. (Vancouver Sun)

President Fawn Sharp on why Tribal Nations are poised to lead the global response to climate change
Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp was recently elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, winning 61 percent of the vote. Sharp ran a campaign centered around addressing climate change. Tribal Nations have been on the front lines of climate advocacy, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Michael Goldberg reports. (Washington State Wire)

US Fish And Wildlife Service To Propose 'Threatened' Status For The Pacific Fisher
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing Endangered Species Act protections for the Pacific fisher, a relative of the weasel that persists in small numbers in forests of southwest Oregon and Northern California. The agency’s proposal, set to be published Thursday in the Federal Register, come days after the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service entered into agreements with five timber companies and the state of Oregon to protect the Pacific fisher on nearly 2 million acres of forestland in Oregon. Monica Samayoa reports. (OPB)

Trump Administration Makes It Easier to Dredge Protected Areas to Restore Beaches
The Trump administration changed a 25-year-old policy to make it easier for coastal communities to take sand from protected ecosystems to improve their beaches. The shift makes it cheaper for some of the wealthiest communities in the country to replenish their beachfronts, which are increasingly under threat from more frequent and intense storms, rising seas and other effects of climate change. Critics say that comes at the expense of vulnerable coastal ecosystems. “Undeveloped coastal islands and beaches will now be opened up to sand mining that will imperil birds and other wildlife, destroy important habitat and reduce the protections these places provide against impacts of storms and erosion,” said Karen Hyun, vice president for coastal conservation at the National Audubon Society, in a statement.  Christopher Flavelle reports. (NY Times)

Now, your weekend tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  212 AM PST Fri Nov 8 2019   
 E wind 5 to 15 kt becoming 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 4 ft at 10 seconds. 
 NE wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell  4 ft at 9 seconds. A slight chance of rain in the evening then a  chance of rain after midnight. 
 E wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 5 ft  at 10 seconds. A chance of rain. 
 E wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. SW swell  5 ft at 9 seconds. 
 SE wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 5 ft  at 11 seconds.

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