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


February 28, 2006
Contact: Nancy Burkhart, (360) 902-2449 or
Madonna Luers, (509) 892-7853

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Fish and Wildlife Commission to act
on Reardan Audubon Lake acquisition

Purchase of a 278-acre wildlife-viewing site west of Spokane is on the agenda for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission's March 10 meeting in Pasco.

The commission also is scheduled to hear a report on public involvement in development of 2006-08 hunting season options during its meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. at the Red Lion Inn, 2525 N. 20th Ave., in Pasco.

A nine-member citizen panel appointed by the governor, the commission sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The commission will vote on acquisition of a wetland that provides critical habitat for more than 200 species of birds and other wildlife near the town of Reardan, 22 miles west of Spokane. Acquisition of the Inland Northwest Land Trust-Eastman property by WDFW will allow the site to be preserved and managed as a wildlife-viewing area.

The purchase was approved and funded by the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, and authorized by the Legislature. The site is a Washington Audubon Society "Important Bird Area" nominee and key component of the planned Northeast Washington Birding Trail.

The commission will also take action on rule amendments to scientific collection permit procedures.

The commission also is scheduled to hear briefings on:

  • Columbia River Partnership legislation
  • Relicensing issues involving four mid-Columbia dams operated by public utility districts in Grant, Chelan and Douglas counties.
  • Recommendations for a pilot elk and deer damage control program in south-central Washington.
  • Progress in developing WDFW's 2007-2009 biennial strategic plan.

The commission's full preliminary agenda is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/com/mar1006.htm on the WDFW website.