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October Meeting - Open Discussion on State Initiative I-732 Thursday October 20th 7:00PM - Room 129 Olin Hall

Location: We are now in Room 129 which is the same room we were formerly in - 157. Same place, different number.

The Owls

Initiative 732 would impose a carbon emission tax on the sale or use of certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, at $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide in 2017, and increasing gradually to $100 per metric ton (2016 dollars adjusted for inflation), with more gradual phase-in for some users. It would reduce the sales tax rate by one percentage point over two years, increase a low-income sales tax exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding I-732 and during this meeting we will have an open discussion to present both the reasons to support the initiative and reasons why you may not want to vote for this initiative.

Blue Mountain Audubon is not, at this point in time, taking a position either for or against the initiative and during this meeting information will be presented to provide you with information upon which you can conduct further research or reach a conclusion as to how you should vote.

Our main concern is to disseminate information and educate those who are willing to listen. Certainly there will be ample opportunity to ask questions and voice your opinion.

Hope to see you there.


Field Trip: Saturday October 22nd 9:00 AM
Arthur G. Rempel Nature Trail at the Fort Walla Walla Natural Area!

Natural Area Sign

Leaders: Tom Land and Chris Howard! ! One of the treasures within the Walla Walla city limits is the 65-acre Fort Walla Walla Natural Area with approximately 1 1/2 miles of trails maintained by the Blue Mountain Audubon Society and the City of Walla Walla. The Natural Area is bordered by Myra Road to the West, W. Poplar Street to the North and Fort Walla Walla Museum to the South.

The trails are named for Dr. Arthur Rempel, a beloved longtime Whitman College biology professor emeritus who helped found the local Audubon chapter and was a leading advocate for wildlife and their habitat. He died in 2007 at age 97.

The nature trails are a fitting reminder of what the area was like in the 19th century when it was part of Fort Walla Walla. The trails take you through heavily vegetated areas with large trees; open areas; across a small stream; next to spring-fed ponds and marshy areas; and to a large historic barn. The area abounds with birds and other wildlife.

Meet in the parking area at the SW corner of the Natural Area located on the the road between Myra Road and the Fort Walla Walla Museum main entrance. We will take a leisurely walk that will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Most of the trails are covered with wood chips. There are several wood steps and a wood-decked bridge that may be slippery if wet.

If you have any questions, call or e-mail
Tom Land 206-795-4620 or Chris Howard 509-386-5827!

Adopt A Highway - Coordinator Needed


As many of you know Blue Mountain Audubon has responsibility for a one mile stretch of highway. One day in the fall and another in the spring we meet and clean up that one mile stretch of Highway 12 that we have adopted. The previous coordinators, Mike James, Joanne Hesser-James, and Jill Hesser-Gardiner did an excellent job managing this task but have decided to move on to other opportunities.

The actual clean up only takes about an hour and is a great way to exercise and do good for the environment. The reward is a clean highway for visitors to see when they are driving to Walla Walla.

The coordinator sets the date and time, assigns the volunteers to areas, provides the helmets, vests, and bags, which come from the highway department, logs the activity, and turns in the paperwork upon conclusion of the clean-up.

We are looking for a new coordinator for this project and if you are interested please contact me. For more information or to volunteer for this position Click Here to send me an E-mail.

New Start Time will be 8:00AM

Come join us as we walk around Bennington Lake on Tuesday mornings. It's fun to see what birds are present at different times of the year and to enjoy the changes of the seasons at the lake. The walks last 2-3 hours. We do not walk in inclement weather.

The start time for the walks will change with the seasons. For more information E-mail Ginger Shoemake

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