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BLM Announces Southwest Oregon Withdrawal: More than 100,000 acres of federal lands will be protected to safeguard critical watersheds

Orca Conservancy and its members, made public comment in support of this mining withdrawal. LINK TO COMMENT. This is just one more positive move in the right direction towards the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident orca population. These rivers are known for their wild salmon and steelhead populations, and provide vital economic, recreation and natural resources to the area. /Shari Release Date: Jan 12, 2017 Contact(s): Virginia Gibbons, Public Affairs Officer (541) 618-2113 Portland, OR –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management has signed a public land order for a 20-year term…

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Orca Conservancy supports the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act | 20-year mining withdrawal

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John Crowe Passes Away. We thank him for his truth and contributions to orca freedom

Orca Conservancy wants to express our sincere condolences to the family of John Crowe on his passing on Monday. As many of you know, John was a former diver who worked with SeaWorld during the deadly orca roundup at Penn Cove, WA in August 1970, which included the capture of Lolita. John’s courageous testimony was critical in the State of Washington reaching a settlement with SeaWorld in 1976 that stopped orca captures in the United States. After over 20 years of seclusion, John finally agreed to break his silence on the matter, granting his first-ever interview in 1999 for the…

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VICTORY! Aevitas dumps plan to build waste recycling plant in Chilliwack

Aevitas Inc. has pulled the plug on plans to build a hazardous waste recycling plant by the Fraser River. Aevitas president Byron Day quietly made the announcement about the Chilliwack plant "with great disappointment" late Wednesday afternoon. "I regret to inform all interested parties that Aevitas Inc. is no longer pursuing the development and building of a state of the art special waste management facility in Chilliwack." The "multiple hurdles" thrown up by critics have amounted to "a neverending uphill battle," admitted Day. A coalition of First Nations, environmental groups, river stewards and sport fishing advocates formed to fight the…

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Got Change? $$ Dockside Cannabis raising donations for Orca Conservancy

GIVE CHANGE - MAKE CHANGE Dockside Cannabis is a Washington State Licensed (I-502) retail store that provides cannabis products and associated accessories to residents and visitors of Washington State who are 21 years of age or older. Do you have coins and spare change currently gathering dust in a piggy bank, car console, bottom of your purse, old cookie tins? We all do! During the month of April, stop in and say hello to the great folks at Dockside Cannabis -- and unload that spare change -- to make change! DOCKSIDE CANNABIS SHORELINE | Recreational 21+ Mon to Sat 9am-10pm • Sun 11am-7pm…

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Puget Sound takes a big step forward towards salmon recovery

APPROVED: Smith Island Restoration Project / Snohomish County Orca Conservancy sent the letter below in support of the Smith Island Restoration Project / Snohomish County. This project will directly help revive threatened Chinook salmon in the Puget Sound basin. Great news! Snohomish County Council voted 4-0 in favor of Ordinance 14-120, authorizing construction of the new setback levee and two large breaches on Union Slough.    

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TAKEPART – The Toxic Threat to One of the World’s Rarest Killer Whales

  Will a project intended to remove toxic waste from the environment end up harming a critically endangered killer whale? This is what environmentalists fear after the city of Chilliwack, British Columbia, approved a hazardous-waste recycling plant just 150 yards from the Fraser River. The waterway is the world’s No. 1 producer of salmon that feed critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales. Only about 77 of the orcas survive in the wild. A coalition of more than 30 Canadian and American groups opposed to the facility has launched a petition urging the British Columbia environmental ministry to conduct a thorough…

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Eleven Local and National Environmental Organizations Oppose Hazardous Waste Facility on Fraser River in Chilliwack, BC

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Meet Orca Conservancy

Photo Credit: Will Harris (L to R) Tamara Shea Kelley, Michael Harris, Jackie Woods, Dr. David Bain, Shari Tarantino (not pictured, Brian Calvert). Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) Washington State non-profit organization working on behalf of Orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends. Orca Conservancy collaborates with some of the world’s top research institutions and environmental groups to address the most critical issues now facing wild orcas. The organization’s urgent attention is on the endangered Southern Resident orcas of Puget Sound. These three pods, J-Pod, K-Pod and L-Pod, were decimated by the…

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Baby girl gives hope to orca pods’ future

Katherine Dedyna / Times Colonist January 8, 2015 09:33 PM Updated: January 9, 2015 03:28 PM A baby killer whale born in late December is a female and “looking good,” says a relieved Shari Tarantino of the Washington-based Orca Conservancy. The baby orca reappeared Wednesday with her mother and grandmother in the northern Strait of Georgia after not being seen since the first sighting on Dec. 30. The baby will be called J-50 but “everybody wants to call it Hope,” Tarantino said, because the calf represents hope for the recovery of the declining J, K and L pods in the…

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