Marine Protected Areas From On High



Journal graphic designer and photographer Drew Hyland zoomed through the skies on Monday to get a look at the sites along our stretch of coast that could become marine protected areas under the Marine Life Protection Act.

Check out his great video, below. After that, if you haven't already done so, you might want to weigh in on the draft environmental impact report on these proposed protected areas. You have until April 16 to comment on the draft -- in writing and at the final public hearing, next Wednesday, April 11, in Eureka (details after the video).

The Draft Environmental Impact Report analyzes potential impacts of Marine Protected Areas in California's North Coast Study Region, from Alder Creek near Point Arena in Mendocino County to the California/Oregon border. As part of the Marine Life Protection Act, protected areas are being designated up and down California's coastline.

See the proposed sites on Google Earth.

You can read the DEIR on the state Department of Fish and Game's website,

You can read printed copies at these public libraries: Del Norte County's Crescent City Branch and Smith River Branch libraries; Humboldt County's Eureka Branch, Trinidad Branch, Hoopa Branch, Ferndale Branch, Fortuna Branch, and Rio Dell libraries; Mendocino County's Ukiah Branch, Willits Branch, Round Valley, Fort Bragg, and Coast Community Branch libraries; Sacramento County Public Library.

You can also read copies at the DFG field office in Eureka (619 Second Street) and the DFG field office in Fort Bragg (2330 N. Harbor Drive).

Or just go rant and praise -- or turn in your written comments -- at the final public hearing, in Eureka (the ones in Fort Bragg and Crescent City have already taken place): Wednesday April 11 at the Red Lion Hotel (1929 Fourth Street, Eureka, CA 95501).


Send your written comments to:

MLPA North Coast CEQA Comments

Department of Fish and Game

c/o Horizon Water and Environment

P.O. Box 2727

Oakland, CA 94602

Or send them by email: [email protected]. (Include "MLPA CEQA Comments" in the subject line.)

Be sure to put your name, address and daytime telephone number on your comments. Postmark them by no later than 5 p.m. on April 16. if you jump through all the hoops correctly, your comments will be included in the final EIR.

You can read more about the MLPA in previous Journals here and here and here.

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