The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is kicking off a multi-year wildlife area planning process at Swanson Lakes, Reardan Audubon Lake and Revere wildlife areas. The new plan will address the status of wildlife species and their habitat, the progress of restoration efforts, and public recreation opportunities. The Swanson Lakes, Reardan Audubon Lake and Revere plan will address management activities for three distinctly different landscapes:
- The includes 21,000 shrub-steppe acres purchased in 1993 to protect populations of threatened sharp-tailed and sage grouse and other species. The property is adjacent to U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands and was purchased with Bonneville Power Administration funds set aside to mitigate for wildlife losses from construction of Grand Coulee Dam. Since the last Swanson Lakes management plan was completed in 2006, Anderson said, sharp-tailed grouse numbers have increased and sage grouse have been reintroduced.
- The, managed as a separate unit of the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area, includes 277 acres of wetlands, grasslands and a lake that support over 200 bird species. It is a very popular bird-watching site and is listed on Audubon Washington's Great Washington State Birding Trail and the Ice Age Floods Institute National Geologic Trail. The site was acquired in 2006 with a state grant and help from the Spokane Audubon Society and the Inland Northwest Land Trust.
- The includes 2,291 acres of Palouse grassland and shrub-steppe. It was acquired in 1992 with Lower Snake River dam construction habitat mitigation funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Revere supports mule deer, upland game birds, raptors and other wildlife.
The public is invited to participate over the nine-month process, through public workshops, by sending public comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, and by joining the citizen-member advisory committee that will be established to help guide the process. To apply send a letter of interest to Juli Anderson at 509-636-2344 or email@example.com.
WDFW is seeking interested candidates to meet two to three times through the nine-month planning process to help shape the plan. The first meeting is planned for April or May 2014.
Benefits of membership: Ensure your views are heard
Wildlife area advisory committees ensure that WDFW considers a wide range of perspectives as it develops wildlife area management plans. Plans are revised every six to eight years, with two-year updates. Members also provide input about ongoing land management activities that support successful implementation of the wildlife area plans, consistent with the agency mandate.
Committee members will:
- Review and comment on planning information;
- Represent formal and informal stakeholder groups and communicate with others who share your interest or belong to your organization;
- Learn about the WDFW mission and goals; and, most importantly
- Share your priorities for wildlife areas land planning and management.
To apply, send a letter of interest to:
- Name, address, phone and email
- Name and contact information of interest group you would represent
- A description of why you are interested
- A summary of your experience with this or other wildlife areas and land management issues (helpful but not required)
- Your resume, if available
Questions: Contact Juli Anderson at 509-636-2344 or firstname.lastname@example.org