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WDFW Looking For More Input On 10-year Plan For 3 Blue Mtns. Wildlife Areas

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking additional public input as it works to complete a management plan for three wildlife areas in the Blue Mountains, a region representing some of the most scenic and important conservation lands in the state.

CHIEF JOSEPH WILDLIFE AREA. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

This plan, which WDFW intends to complete in April, covers the Asotin Creek, Chief Joseph and W.T. Wooten wildlife areas, encompassing 77,000 acres in Asotin, Garfield, Columbia and Walla Walla counties.

The agency met with wildlife area advisory committees, and state, federal and local community groups in recent months, but wants to gain additional feedback from the public.

Those who would like to provide their perspectives on the management of these wildlife areas are encouraged to review a short presentation on the highlights of the plan, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) documents, and the draft plan itself at https://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/sepa/sepa_comment_docs.html.

The public can provide comments in a variety of ways, including submitting comments online at the SEPA webpage listed above, via email at BlueMntWLA@dfw.wa.gov or by calling 360-902-2815. The department is accepting comments through Feb. 28.

The plan proposes actions for the management of the wildlife area over the next 10 years. This includes efforts to protect wildlife species and their habitat and enhance recreational opportunities where appropriate, said Bob Dice, WDFW wildlife area manager.

The Blue Mountain wildlife areas are managed for the protection of wildlife habitat and native grasslands, and offer stunning scenery and ample opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping and wildlife viewing. The area is particularly known for world-class steelhead fishing.

“These areas are valuable to our state, people and wildlife, and we need citizens’ views to help guide our efforts to conserve and protect these places for future generations,” said Dice.

WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW manages more than 1 million acres of public land across the state that is designated for wildlife habitat and public recreation.

WDFW Seeks Candidates For Asotin Co. Wildlife Areas Advisory Board

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates by June 16 to serve on a new committee that advises the department on the management of the Chief Joseph and Asotin Creek wildlife areas.

WDFW IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES FOR A NEW COMMITTEE ADVISING THE STATE AGENCY AS IT DEVELOPS 10-YEAR PLANS FOR ITS ASOTIN CREEK AND CHIEF JOSEPH WILDLIFE AREAS, PART OF WHICH INCLUDES THE 4-O UNIT, SEEN IN PART HERE IN MAY 2016. (ANDY WALGAMOTT

The two wildlife areas, totaling 62,057 acres in Asotin and Garfield counties, are located in the Blue Mountains region. The W.T. Wooten Wildlife Area, which covers 16,481 acres in Columbia and Garfield counties, is also in the Blue Mountains region but already has an existing advisory committee due to its geographic separation, types of uses of the wildlife areas, and management priorities.

The new advisory group, together with the W.T. Wooten advisory committee, will assist the department with the development of the new Blue Mountains Wildlife Areas Management Plan, which will guide the actions on the three wildlife areas for the next 10 years.

WDFW manages the Chief Joseph and Asotin Creek wildlife areas primarily to protect big game winter range and to protect habitat for steelhead and bull trout.  The areas also provide opportunities for hunting, fishing, and wildlife-related recreation, plus other compatible uses such as agriculture.

The department is seeking broad and diverse representation from interested and affected groups. This includes tribes, local governments, hunters, anglers, other recreationists, environmental groups, nearby landowners, and local business owners.

“We would like participation in our advisory group to reflect the different uses of the Chief Joseph and Asotin Creek wildlife areas,” said Bob Dice, WDFW Blue Mountains Wildlife Areas manager.

The selected members will be expected to attend the first wildlife area advisory committee meeting this summer, as well as one or two other meetings per year.

For more information about the committee membership and roles and responsibilities, please go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/cja-waac/.

WDFW WILDLIFE AREA MANAGER  BOB DICE GIVES STATE REP. MARY DYE A VISUAL TOUR OF THE 4-O DURING MAY 2016’S DEDICATION. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Applicants should submit a letter of interest that includes the following:

Name, address, telephone number, and email address.
Organization the individual is representing (if any) and its mission and location.
The applicant’s familiarity with the wildlife areas and interest in participating in the advisory group.
His or her experience in the advisory group process and in collaborating with people who have different values.
A summary of experience with this or other wildlife areas, and land management issues.
Name and contact information for alternate member if selected member is unavailable.

Applications should be postmarked by 5 p.m., June 16, and sent to WDFW Eastern Region Headquarters, Attn: Chief Joseph/Asotin Creek WAAC Recruitment, 2315 North Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216-1566; or by email to TeamSpokane@dfw.wa.gov with the subject line “Chief Joseph/Asotin Creek WAAC Recruitment.”

For more information, contact Bob Dice at (509) 758-3151.