For more information on habitat issues, please contact the
WDFW Habitat Program.
Phone: 360-902-2534

For more information on WDFW managed lands including wildlife areas, please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.
Phone: 360-902-2515


Growth Management Act & Shoreline Management Act Technical Assistance

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offers a variety of technical assistance and fish and wildlife information to counties and cities planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) (Chapter 36.70A RCW) and Shoreline Management Act (SMA) (Chapter 90.58 RCW).

Staff assistance
Our regional staff can give presentations on local species and habitats to planning commissions, elected officials, and planning staff or advisory committees. They also review and provide comment on local plans and ordinances that relate to fish and wildlife protection, and can participate in technical advisory committees for planning updates.

See our example Powerpoint about the role of WDFW in providing information for local critical areas ordinance updates.

We also provide assistance to Shoreline Master Program updates. Click here for a list of helpful WDFW resources for SMA inventory and characterization work.

Contacts for planning assistance:

  • Policy and Technical Assistance Coordination:
    Katie Knight, Land Use Policy Lead, 360-902-2618,

  • Eastern Washington
    Karin Divens, 509-892-1001 x 323,
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties

  • North-central Washington
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties

  • South-central Washington
    Mark Teske, 509-962-3421,
    Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, and Yakima counties

  • Southwest Washington
    George Fornes, 360-902-6731,
    Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties

  • Puget Sound & Olympic Peninsula
    Theresa Nation, 360-902-2562,
    Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston, Whatcom

Assistance for shoreline management plan updates in Puget Sound, and information on salmon recovery planning statewide, is provided by our Watershed Stewards. Click here for contact information.

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Planning tools and resources

  • WDFW can provide your county or watershed with a Local Habitat Assessment  to help identify where the most important habitats are located across your landscape.
  • The Fish and Wildlife Planner is a newsletter with stories and resources for the professional planner, including descriptions of grant programs and upcoming forums and conferences related to fish and wildlife planning issues.

Other links useful to GMA and SMA planning for fish and wildlife: