At least that’s what the Washington state politicians are urging their Department of Natural Resources to adopt for its lands.
The DNR is currently considering five different proposals to protect the bird species. A final decision is expected within the next few weeks. Walsh has come out in favor of “alternative B” which he says would meet minimum federal standards for species preservation while ensuring the least amount of negative impact on local economies.
A press release noted that Walsh, and his peers who signed off on the letter to the DNR, believe that reduced timber sales in coastal communities would “create significant economic hardship on counties and communities that can least afford it.”
In other words, let’s manage this species so it stays on the edge of extinction. This is why we have endangered species (and a federal Endangered Species Act).