Conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitat depends on the public's participation and cooperation in state management efforts. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) seeks to work collaboratively with the public on challenges the agency faces as steward of Washington's fish and wildlife.
To encourage public involvement, WDFW has advisory groups who provide valuable input on a variety of topics, including game management, enforcement, steelhead and cutthroat policy and wildlife areas. Committee members dedicate their time, share their knowledge and experience, and communicate the opinions and needs of stakeholders to the agency.
Advisory group meetings are open to the public. For each advisory group, WDFW has created a webpage, where anyone who is interested in the committee can find more information such as committee rosters, mission statements, meeting schedules and agendas. Individuals interested in joining an advisory group should check that committee's webpage for more information.
WDFW also works with management boards on topics like removing fish passage barriers. These boards work with other agencies and interested parties on statewide approaches to resource conservation.