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North Coast Chapter
P.O. Box 1067
Arcata, CA 95518
November 28, 2005
Mr. Clay Gregory
Regional Director, Pacific Region
Bureau of Indian Affairs
2800 Cottage Way
Room W-2820
Sacramento, CA 95825
Subject:
DEIS Comments, Elk Valley Rancheria, Martin Ranch Fee-to-Trust
Casino/Resort Project [BY FAX AND BY U.S. MAIL]
Dear Mr. Gregory,
The following comments are submitted on behalf of the California Native Plant
Society, and the Environmental Protection Information Center, and the Center for
Biological Diversity.
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a nonprofit organization of nearly
10,000 amateurs and professionals dedicated to the preservation of California's
diverse native flora. CNPS conducts a variety of conservation efforts focused on
long-term protection and preservation of native flora in its natural habitat. The
Society has been assessing the status of rare plant species for over 30 years,
and is the foremost non-governmental organization working to protect rare,
threatened, and endangered plants in California. The North Coast Chapter
represents 300 members in Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity Counties. Our
chapter has worked for many years to protect and restore the habitat of the
federally endangered western lily, Lilium occidentale, at sites near Crescent City
and Table Bluff (adjacent to Humboldt Bay).
The Environmental Protection Information Center is a non-profit corporation
registered in California dedicated to the preservation, protection, and restoration
of biodiversity, native species, watersheds and natural ecosystems in northern
California. EPIC maintains its offices in Humboldt County, California. EPIC has
over 3,000 members, many of whom reside in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties,
including in and around Crescent City and its coastal area EPIC's members