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ELKHORN SLOUGH FOUNDATION - 09/18/13 18:54 S.S.

AS  PART  OF  ITS  PENDING  APPLICATION  FOR  ACCREDITATION  (FROM THE  LAND  TRUST  ALLIANCE), THE  ELKHORN  SLOUGH  FOUNDATION  (WHICH  IS  THE  HOME  OF  THE  LARGEST  CONCENTRATION  OF  THE ENDANGERED  SOUTHERN  SEA  OTTERS  ON  THE  WEST COAST),  MUST  GO  THROUGH  A  “PUBLIC  COMMENT  PERIOD”.     THE  ACCREDITATION  COMMISSION  IS  SEEKING  INFORMATION  ON  HOW  WELL  THE  ELKHORN  SLOUGH  FOUNDATION  COMPLIES  WITH  NATIONAL  QUALITY  STANDARDS  OF  BOTH  THE  TECHNICAL  AND  ETHICAL  OPERATIONS  OF  LAND  TRUST.     IF  APPROVED,  THE  4  THOUSAND  ACRES  OF  FARMLAND,   RANCHLAND,  AND  WILDLIFE  HABITAT,  WOULD  BE  OFF-LIMITS  TO  DEVELOPMENT  FOREVER.    THE   ELKHORN  SLOUGH  IS  THE  2ND  LARGEST  TRACT  OF  TIDAL  MARSHLAND  STILL  EXISTENT  IN  CALIFORNIA.   IT  IS  REPORTEDLY  HOME  TO  550  SPECIES  OF  MARINE  INVERTEBRATES,   340  SPECIES  OF  BIRDS,  AND  102  SPECIES  OF  FISH….AS  WELL  AS  COLONIES  OF  SEA  LIONS  AND  HARBOR  SEALS.   COMMENTS  CAN  BE  SUBMITTED  BY  E-MAILSNAIL-MAIL  (TO  THE  COMMISSIONS  ADDRESS  IS  SARATOGA  SPRINGS  NEW  YORK),  FAX…OR  ON-LINE  AT:  www.LandTrustAccreditation.org    THE  PUBLIC  COMMENT  PERIOD  ENDS  OCTOBER  27TH  OF  THIS  YEAR.  

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