Monthly Archives: July 2011

Attributes of a Sustainable Citizen

Attributes of 21st Century Residents

The needs and attributes they identified are summarized below; these have provided context to the development of recommendations in the E3 Washington Comprehensive Plan.

The environmentally literate resident recognizes interconnections:

  • Is open-minded to other cultures and ways of life
  • Understands environmental, economic and governmental systems–local, regional, national and global
  • Is aware of the connections between natural systems and human behaviors
  • Sees the future through the lenses of the environment, the economy and an equitable society
  • Understands the link between poverty and the environment
  • Recognizes connections among disciplines
  • Understands and considers the effects of personal actions and choices
  • Has a strong connection to community and environment
  • Can work across sectors, disciplines and professions
  • Values open spaces and public lands and access to them Continue reading

Teaching children to become “global citizens”

Envisioning Washington State in 2025 and Beyond

From Education for Sustainable Communities, under the “E3 Comprehensive Plan” – Item #4 discusses what children will be learning to become good “global citizens”:


Educated, Skilled Individuals

Achieving and sustaining a durable economy, strong communities, and sustainable use of natural resources requires a well-educated population with the skills and knowledge to make good decisions based on the requirements of a healthy society, environment, and economy – decisions based on the well-being of future generations. To equip our residents for a thriving future, education in Washington focuses on providing all students with the skills, experiences, and academic foundation to understand and successfully operate within complex systems, from the ecology of their local environment to the global economy. Lifelong learning encourages appreciation and respect for the natural world, a strong sense of community, and an awareness of how we are connected to one another, other species, and the natural resources upon which we all depend.

During the 18 E3 regional summits held across Washington, local and regional representatives including tribal, business, early childhood and K-20 education, governmental, nongovernmental, civic-community, military, and faith-based leaders brainstormed and discussed the necessary knowledge, values, and skills attributes of Washington’s current and future residents.

Through these sessions, four broad characteristics emerged that define the people equipped to create Washington in 2025 and beyond. Continue reading

Education, the Environment and Sustainable Communities

“By linking education, the environment and the economy, you’re helping to encourage sustainable communities, which will enhance Washington’s quality of life and our reputation in the global economy.”

“For those unfamiliar with E3, we encourage you to visit its website… Continue reading

Federal Reserved Water Rights and the Bureau of Land Management:

Federal Reserved Water Rights and the Bureau of Land Management:

Wilderness designations can be considered the most restrictive of the federal land management designation. Reserved water rights are set aside pursuant to the Wilderness Act of 1964 (16 USC section 1131). Development within wilderness areas is restricted, and these restrictions extend to the development of water supplies. The Wilderness Act reserves the amount of water within the wilderness area necessary to preserve and protect the specific values responsible for designation of the area, and to provide for public enjoyment of these values. Only the minimum amount of water necessary to fulfill the primary purpose of the reservation may be asserted as a reserved right. Continue reading

WILDLANDS PROJECT: Incredible, Outrageous and a Very Real Danger

from Montanans for Multiple Use


Most Americans are completely unaware of the true nature of the threat from radical environmentalists. Although many of our countrymen are in a deep coma while others are pre-occupied with satisfying their appetites, we cling to the hope that there are enough good-intentioned but misinformed Americans who would join us in rescuing our way of life if they knew the truth.  If you have any doubt that  the green Fascists are undemocratic, elitist, socialist anti-Americans who despise humanity while worshipping “Mother Earth”, the rocks, the shrubs, the rodents and the grubs, we invite you to learn the truth from their own mouths, publications and websites.  

The mission statement of the Wildlands Project states that “…we live for the day when Grizzlies in Chihuahua have an unbroken connection to Grizzlies in Alaska; when Gray Wolf populations are continuous from New Mexico to Greenland; when vast unbroken forests and flowing plains again thrive and support pre-Columbian populations of plants and animals;…” This sounds warm and fuzzy but what would it mean for the humans in the area?

Davis says about the Wildlands Project publication, “Wild Earth exists in part to remind conservationists that in the long run all lands and waters should be left to the whims of Nature.” Davis says that serious conservationists cannot accept development for human needs which he calls “sacrifice zones”. Davis prophesies the complete and final demise of human civilization when he states that, “the premise that we ought to save the full range of biodiversity leads logically to the conclusion that humanizing of landscapes must stop now and be reversed.” By “full range” Davis means the natural bios as it existed in Pre-Columbian America. This is the premise that most environmental groups are committed to. Continue reading

Technical Review of The Wildlands Project – 2002




by Tom McDonnell from No Darby Refuge
written in April 2002

This review details much of the structure and objectives of the Wildlands Project. During the past several years, resource industries, state and local governments and communities nationwide have been buried under an avalanche of: new species listings; appeals and litigation to stop water development, logging, mining, grazing and recreational activities. There have been vast amounts of legislation proposing new wilderness areas, heritage areas, scenic rivers, biological corridors, state and national parks or wildlife refuges, as well as management plans involving critical habitat, watersheds or ecosystems. While many of these actions seem to be isolated incidence, a review of Wildlands Project documents suggests that the actions are often well coordinated activities aimed according to the Project’s text at establishing a “regional reserve system which will ultimately tie the North American continent into a single Biodiversity Reserve.” Continue reading

How much land does the government own in the US?

The Federal Government owns nearly 650 million acres of land – almost 30 percent of the land area of the United States. Federally-owned and managed public lands include National Parks, National Forests, and National Wildlife Refuges. These are lands that… Continue reading

Olympic National Park holds two UN designations

The Olympic National Park – 29 June 1938 as a national park; the Pacific Coastal Area and Queets River corridor were added on 6 January 1953. Accepted as a biosphere reserve in June 1976, and as a World Heritage site… Continue reading

DRMT requests gauges to remain for instream flow rule

The Dungeness River Management Team (DRMT) has been working toward “compliance” with the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Instream Flow Rule. (See “The Hoax of the Instream Flow Rule”).


Because of the State of Washington is, like… Continue reading

Dungeness Watershed Action Plan – field trip

Dungeness Watershed Action Plan Conference Call Notes, July 18, 2011

Participants: John Woolley, Judith Morris, Mike Anderson, Susan Piper, Ross Krumpe, Jeff Chapman, Kathleen Dowd-Gailey, Francisco de la Cruz, Scott Harris

July 29 Field Trip
– About 26 people are… Continue reading

How much does the US pay for the UN each year?
They pay 22% of 4.19 billion dollars. You do the math.

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