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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


August 07, 2002
Contact: Donny Martorello, (360) 902-2521

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Additional public input opportunity on draft impact statement for state's game plan

OLYMPIA A seventh meeting has been added to the list of public sessions scheduled throughout the state this month to gather comments on a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) issued recently for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) proposed six-year game management plan.

The new meeting is set for Aug. 19 at the Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way South in Federal Way.

The management plan is being developed to define the state's management of Washington game species, including deer, elk, moose, black bear, cougar, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, furbearing animals, migratory and upland birds and unclassified game animals.

The draft 2003-2009 plan calls for managing game populations for sustainable harvest, as well as a variety of recreation, education and aesthetic purposes, while ensuring healthy and productive populations.

The full list of meeting dates and locations is:

  • Aug. 13 - Yakima Valley Regional Library, 102 North 3rd St., Yakima;
  • Aug. 14 - Student Union Building #17- Lounge A & B , Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 Ft. George Wright Drive, Spokane;
  • Aug. 15 - Moses Lake Fire Hall, 701 East 3rd Ave., Moses Lake;
  • Aug. 19 - Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way South, Federal Way;
  • Aug. 20 - WDFW Mill Creek Regional Office, 16018 Mill Creek Boulevard, Mill Creek;
  • Aug. 21 - WDFW Vancouver Regional Office, 2108 Grand Boulevard, Vancouver;
  • Aug. 22 - Building 200, Room 220, Grays Harbor Community College, 1620 Edward P. Smith Drive, Aberdeen.

Wildlife managers and biologists will be at the meetings, which are scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m., to discuss species-specific issues, and to take public comment on the DEIS in an open house format.

Copies of the DEIS can be obtained at WDFW offices throughout the state, or on-line at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hab/sepa/sepa.htm on the Internet.

In addition to the meetings, written comment on the DEIS will be accepted until 5 p.m., Aug. 26, and should be directed to:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Cynthia Pratt, Responsible Official
Habitat Program
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia WA 98501-1091