RE Sources offers a seasonal series of skill-building workshops, classes, films, seminars, presentations and facilitated discussions to help you build a more sustainable lifestyle. Scroll down to see what's upcoming at RE Sources Sustainable Living Center (above The RE Store). 2309 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA.
Proceeds from all workshops benefit RE Sources' environmental conservation and advocacy. Thank you for supporting our community.
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bellewood Acres Community Room
6140 Guide Meridian, Lynden (map)
Join this citizen group as they take steps to improve water quality in Tenmile Creek. Regular meetings are held at Bellewood Acres on the second Wednesday of each month until further notice. This month, the special topic will be "Reducing Fecal Coliform Bacteria in Whatcom County Waterways." These meetings are open to everyone.
A draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for aquatic lands is out for review, and comments are due by December 4. Learn the specifics of the HCP from DNR's Lalena Amiotte, HCP Supervisor, and learn how the HCP will affect practices around your favorite water body, including the Cherry Point and Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve and Bellingham Bay.
An HCP is an agreement between the federal government (US Fish and Wildlife and NOAA Fisheries) and an entity that outlines a habitat conservation plan that must be followed in order to allow certain actions which may result in the harming or "incidental take" of an endangered (or at risk) species. Often, these occur on a permit by permit basis.
According to DNR: This HCP will "ensure that activities authorized by DNR, such as leasing for marinas and aquaculture, can continue while avoiding and minimizing impacts to endangered species. By committing to the conservation strategies in the aquatic HCP, DNR and entities that lease state-owned aquatic lands will receive federal assurances of compliance with the ESA."
The proposed HCP details a number of activities that WDNR (or individuals, businesses, and other governmental agencies authorized by WDNR) plans to undertake during the next 50 years to avoid and minimize harmful effects to vulnerable species and their habitats. The HCP proposes to protect 29 species, including the federally listed Chinook salmon, coho salmon, chum salmon, sockeye salmon, steelhead trout, bull trout, Eulachon, canary rockfish, yelloweye rockfish, and several unlisted fish and wildlife species.
Please contact Pollyc@re-sources.org or call (360)733.8307 for rental rates and information.
Bellingham, WA 98225
The Sustainable Living Center is located just above The RE Store, on the NW corner of Broadway and Meridian in the Fountain District. You'll find a bike rack in the alley off of Broadway and the stairs behind the RE Store.