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. Contact a staff member below for helpful WDFW resources for SMA inventory and characterization work.

Contacts for planning assistance:

  • Policy and Technical Assistance Coordination:
    Keith Folkerts, PHS Section Manager and Land Use Policy Lead, 360-902-2390,
  • Eastern Washington
    Mark Wachtel, (509) 892-1001
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties
  • North-central Washington
    Carmen Andonaegui, (509) 754-4624
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties
  • South-central Washington
    Perry Harvester, (509) 575-2740
    Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, and Yakima counties
  • North Puget Sound
    Brendan Brokes, (425) 775-1311
    King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties
  • Southwest Washington
    David Howe, (360) 696-6211
    Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Lewis, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties
  • Coastal
    Dave Kloempken, (360) 249-4628
    Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Thurston counties
Click to enlargeData and management recommendations

Planning tools and resources

  • The Puget Sound Characterization is a regional-scale tool that highlights the most important areas to protect, and restore, and those most suitable for development. The program, funded by an EPA grant, is a collaborative effort between Ecology, the Puget Sound Partnership, and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • 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.

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