The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
acquires and manages land to protect fish and wildlife
and their habitats, maintain biodiversity and provide
opportunities for fish and wildlife related recreation.
GENERAL POLICIES: Domestic livestock grazing
on Department owned or controlled lands may be permitted
if determined to be consistent with desired ecological
conditions for those lands, or with the Department's
Livestock grazing on Department lands is a practice
that can be used to manipulate vegetation for fish
and wildlife, accomplish a specific habitat objective,
or facilitate coordinated resource management. If
permitted, livestock grazing must be integrated
with other uses to ensure the protection of all
resource values, the most important of which is
maintaining ecological integrity.
Grazing permits are of agency-wide interest. The
Department will develop procedures that include
a cross-program review to ensure all grazing permits
are subject to the best available science.
New grazing permits will be made available for
Commission review before being forwarded to the
Director for approval. All grazing permits, excluding
temporary permits, must include a domestic livestock
grazing management plan that includes a description
of ecological impacts, fish and wildlife benefits,
a monitoring and evaluation schedule, and a description
of the desired ecological conditions.
Coordinated Resource Management Plans will be
encouraged where appropriate.
The Department will promote adaptive management
and continued improvement of programs and practices
as new knowledge and understanding of habitat ecology