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Published on Thu, May 28, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Marine mammal network hosts meeting

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee will host a presentation on the new Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network. The 30-minute presentation will be hosted at 6 p.m. June 4 in the second floor conference room of the Whatcom County Civic Center at 322 N. Commercial Street in Bellingham. A question-and-answer period to follow.
The event is free and open to the general public. Mariann Carrasco, a biologist who is the founder and principal investigator of the new network, will discuss identification of marine mammals in distress and what residents can do upon finding one. For more information, contact Whatcom County Public Works at 360/676-6876.

Volunteers needed for Peace Portal trail

The Blaine Parks and Cemetery Board has scheduled a series of work parties to build a new gravel pathway along Peace Portal Drive. Construction of the trail will start at Mitchell and Fourth streets and continue north in a series of phases.

The pathway, which is called for in the city’s non-motorized transportation plan, was identified by a team of citizens, including three parks board members, and a consultant from Skookum Peak Consulting, to be the most beneficial to residents and visitors here. It was also identified through a series of public meetings to be a major priority in the city’s trail system.

Four work parties have been scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in June. Participants are encouraged to bring a shovel and a rake. For more information, call 332-8311.

Home tour features sustainable designs

Sustainable Connections has organized their seventh annual Imagine This! home and landscape tour for Whatcom County next month. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27 and 28 and will feature various homes and gardens that utilize eco-friendly designs, materials, energy efficiency strategies, green roofs and more.
Participants can learn more about LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency Design) certification for homes and the benefits of organic and native landscapes. Tickets go on sale June 8 at Village Books, The Community Food Co-op, the Re Store, Garden Spot Nursery and at or by calling 647-7093.

Volunteers needed for clam survey

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee has scheduled a survey of clams along the shoreline of Point Whitehorn to Cherry Point from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6.  The committee is looking for volunteers ready to dig holes in the sand, identify and count clams, and tuck them back in their beds.
For more information or to register as a volunteer for any of the clam surveys, call 360/676-6876 or email

Council extends public comment for UGA

Blaine City Council has extended the written public comment period for proposed urban growth area (UGA) revision and scheduled a second work session to discuss urban growth area amendments for 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 1 at city hall. The meeting will discuss a 2007 decision by the Washington State Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB) that will require Whatcom County to substantially reduce the size of its urban growth areas. For more information, call 332-8311.