"We don’t have regulatory authority in local critical areas ordinance issues. We don’t make rulings or issue enforcement actions under local critical areas ordinances. Those tasks are on local government turf" (Gordon White, Eco-Connect Blog, Feburary 14, 2012.)
All that PR effort for a situation where they claim to have no authority? The email below is just one example of the many emails related to this matter. You can see there are eight people, including senior managers, involved in just one email.
The real question is why Ecology cares about their image in the first place. They're regulators, not movie stars. Yet, they have a blog, a Facebook page, and they seem to have a surfeit of "communications" staff. Are they communications staff or publicists?
Once again, thanks for your time with this. I think it looks good. I would suggest a couple of changes to the PowerPoint:
Slide 4, Bullet 1, Wetland scientists educated and trained in wetland vegetation, soils and hydrology [link to SWS-PWS Website?]
Slide 5, Bullet 1, County asks for technical assistance
Paul S. Anderson, PWS Wetland Specialist Washington State Department of Ecology 3190 - 160th Ave. SE Bellevue, WA 98008 Phone: (425) 649-7148 Fax: (425) 649-7098 Email: email@example.com
Hi, all. Attached is a draft blog item and PowerPoint in response to the YouTube video about Charles Dalton’s property on Orcas. Below is our proposed strategy.
Forgive me for sending to all of you, but I’m not sure who to ask for approval, and it’s important that we post our reply promptly. The YouTube video now has 1,857 views. The Freedom Foundation has it posted on their website, too, http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/index.php/site/view/friends_of_the_san_juans_offer_justification_for_harassing_local_islander, and the Island Guardian has a short item about it http://www.islandguardian.com/archives/00004240.html .
· Post the blog on our blog site, link to YouTube.
· Post a short response on the ChangeWA page referencing our video response.
· Post PowerPoint with voiceover as a video response. The blog will be the basis for the script.
· Link to on our FaceBook page with reference to the Friends of the San Juans response: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10150544103742087&id=106592947086
Katie J. Skipper
Bellingham Field Office
Washington Department of Ecology