– “Another gopher change in Thurston”
“Thurston County will again require property owners to follow its Critical Areas Ordinance, instead of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidance, as had been the case coming into the 2016 construction season.”
“By returning to the CAO requirements, applicants with gophers on their property who meet all other County permit requirements may get a County permit, and in the time frames laid out in the CAO. But County officials note that these permitted applicants will still be responsible for complying with the ESA prior to breaking ground.
You can read more about Thurston’s Critical Areas Ordinance at this link. More updated information on the County’s gopher review process is also available online,” quoting the Business Examiner.