top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Fri Mar 14 2014 (Updated 04/13/14)
Protections Increased for Endangered Seabird in Santa Cruz Mountains State Parks
Fri Mar 14 2014 (Updated 04/13/14)
Settlement Will Reduce Threats to Marbled Murrelet From Garbage, Predators
The Center for Biological Diversity reached a settlement agreement on March 11 with the California Department of Parks and Recreation that will substantially increase protections in the Santa Cruz Mountains for the marbled murrelet, an endangered seabird that nests in old-growth forests. The settlement requires the agency to reduce dangers posed by visitor trash, which harms murrelets by unnaturally increasing the abundance of predators that eat eggs and chicks.

In June 2013 the Center filed suit challenging the state’s inadequate protections for marbled murrelets under its new management plan for Big Basin Redwoods State Park, a heavily visited park that supports the largest remaining old-growth nesting habitat in the central coast region. Visitor garbage in campgrounds and picnic areas in Big Basin and two other redwood state parks has led to unnaturally high densities of ravens and Steller’s jays that eat murrelet eggs and chicks. Scientists have found that high nest predation is a primary factor driving the declines of murrelets in the region.

The new agreement requires comprehensive measures to protect marbled murrelets in Big Basin Redwoods, Portola and Butano state parks, including: Comprehensive trash management requiring animal-proof food-storage lockers at all campsites, installation of indoor dishwashing stations, and increased trash pickup to prevent dumpster overflow; extensive public outreach that makes the murrelet a focal point of the parks; and annual monitoring of marbled murrelet status and predator numbers and a comprehensive assessment every three years requiring further action if murrelet status does not improve.

Read More | Center for Biological Diversity

Previous Coverage:
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Marbled Murrelet in Santa Cruz Mountains
01/16/17 120 Hours of Direct Action Across the Bay Area to Reclaim King's Legacy & Reject Trump Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Labor & Workers | San Francisco | East Bay | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights01/14/17 State's Proposal Shrugs Off Voters' Approval of Ban on Oil Waste Injection Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia01/14/17 Fruitvale Community Further Marginalized in Politicization of Ghost Ship Fire Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Arts + Action | East Bay01/14/17 Lead Poisoning in Oakland's Fruitvale District Is Worse Than Flint Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay01/02/17 National Day of Action to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal After New U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | East Bay | U.S. | International12/25/16 Christmastime Protest Attempts to Cross Checkpoint Between Bethlehem and Jerusalem Front Page | International | Palestine12/20/16 Santa Cruz County Ranked Second for Agricultural Pesticide Illnesses in 2014 Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia12/19/16 Civil Rights Groups Sue Caltrans to Stop Illegal Raids Against California’s Homeless Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | San Francisco | East Bay | California | Government & Elections12/18/16 Hundreds March, Rally, Demand $15 and a Union at the San Francisco Airport Front Page | Labor & Workers | San Francisco | U.S.12/18/16 Senator Boxer Calls Corporate Agribusiness Rider to Water Bill a "Devastating Maneuver" Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | U.S. | Government & Elections12/18/16 #DisruptJ20: Nationwide and Bay Area Call-outs for General Strike Against Trump Front Page | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Womyn | Central Valley | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | Peninsula | U.S. | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: California | Peninsula | Santa Cruz Indymedia | Environment & Forest Defense | Front Page
Nuclear Shutdown News December 2016 Michael Steinberg Wednesday Jan 4th 10:35 PM
Jane Fonda Divests From Wells Fargo Ross Plesset Tuesday Jan 3rd 7:44 PM
Petition Seeks Ban on Import of Invasive Bullfrogs Into California Center for Biological Diversity (1 comment) Monday Dec 12th 2:48 PM
Oil Company Applies for First New Offshore Fracking Permit in California Center for Biological Diversity Thursday Dec 8th 5:09 PM
Report highlights 17 bad actors waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns via Environment California Tuesday Dec 6th 2:08 PM
Fuck Trump, But Fuck You Too: No Unity With Liberals Bobby London (1 comment) Friday Nov 18th 11:36 AM
Trump’s popular vote deficit may approach two million World Socialist Website (1 comment) Saturday Nov 12th 8:12 AM
For a World without Nuclear Risks Marcia Gomes Thursday Nov 10th 5:15 AM
New Fracking-related Earthquakes in Oklahoma Spark Demand for Oil, Gas Lease Withdrawal Center for Biological Diversity Monday Nov 7th 12:42 PM
More Global News...
[ × close ]
Value Human Life Bill K. Harley Monday Jan 16th 10:15 PM
5-4-3-2-1-Revolution Fhyre Phoenix (1 comment) Friday Jan 13th 1:03 AM
Tech Workers for Racial Justice #J20 #120Hours William Fitzgerald Tuesday Jan 10th 5:57 PM
2016 Stockton Kwanzaa Nia Celebration ~ Taft Community Center Khubaka, Michael Harris (1 comment) Thursday Dec 29th 3:44 PM
Collected Anti-Trump chants protester (2 comments) Thursday Nov 10th 8:31 AM
California Investigating Wells Fargo for Criminal Identity Theft Richard Gonzales, NPR Friday Oct 21st 10:46 AM
Open Newswire...
[ × close ]