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Species Status Review

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state to determine whether each species warrants its current listing or deserves to be delisted or reclassified.

State wildlife managers begin the review process by seeking information and data from the public, including non-governmental groups, universities, private researchers and naturalists, on each species. The public input period typically lasts one year.

WDFW uses the public information to update the status of each species and make a recommendation about the species' listing classification. Wildlife managers then solicit public comment on the draft status reviews for at least 90 days. WDFW staff ultimately present their recommendations to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor, at a public hearing.

Awaiting Commission Action

The commission will make a determination on the listing classification of the species listed below. Check the commission webpage for public hearing dates and locations.

Draft Status Reviews Available for Public Review

WDFW has updated draft status reviews and listing recommendations for several species. Public comments will be accepted through Oct. 10, 2016, on the following species: .

Comments on the reviews and recommendations can be submitted via email to TandEpubliccom@dfw.wa.gov or by mailto Hannah Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

WDFW is seeking information

State wildlife managers are seeking information from the public in order to evaluate each species status and assess its progress toward recovery. The process also will help WDFW to identify and prioritize conservation needs for these species.

WDFW is specifically looking for information on species demographics; habitat conditions; threats and trends; conservation measures that have benefited the species; and new data collected since the last status review for the species.

Public input will be collected through Feb. 25, 2017, on the following:

Written information may also be submitted via email to TandEpubliccom@dfw.wa.gov, or by mail to Hannah Anderson, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

More Information on Species of Concern