"OLYMPIA – Four meetings are scheduled in late March to enable northwest Washington residents to learn more about a proposal to move mountain goats from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades during the summers of 2018 and 2019.
The public is invited to hear a presentation and speak with representatives of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) during meetings in Sedro Woolley, Darrington, North Bend, and Sultan."
This is very curious! WDFW should have held these meetings a year ago, before the plan was written and released. Now, the public comment period (last August-Sept) is over, the final plan is about to be released and will be implemented this summer without further public input.
So I guess it's nice for WDFW to hold public relations meetings. Better late than never, I guess. But would've been nicer to hold them before the plan was written, as part of the NEPA process. Why? Because communication is a two-way street, and they could've gained public input. This PR event is a one-way street: here's what we're going to do.
And would've been even nicer if WDFW had helped write the plan - which I can tell you having read it, WDFW clearly didn't as none of their research is in it.
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communication is a two-way street, and they could've gained public input. This PR event is a one-way street: here's what we're going to do.
If my experience with MORA is any indication, "public input" is seen as a task box that has to be checked, generally begrudgingly, not as a genuine opportunity to collaborate with the public users of the park.
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