600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
March 24, 2017
Contact: Cindi Confer Morris, (509) 697-4503
WDFW seeks candidates for Wenas Wildlife Area
Target Shooting Advisory Committee
YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve on an advisory committee to recommend solutions to target shooting issues within the Wenas Wildlife Area.
The advisory committee will include 15 to 20 members, representing the interests of neighbors, hunters, target shooters, horseback riders, mountain bike riders, hikers, wildlife watchers, bird dog trainers, and others.
Recreational target shooting has long occurred on the 115,000-acre Wenas Wildlife Area, said WDFW Wildlife Area Manager Cindi Confer Morris. The wildlife area, located in Yakima and Kittitas counties, includes Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and WDFW lands, and is primarily managed by WDFW.
An increase in target shooting in recent years has caused several challenges, including wildfires, threats to public safety and private property, littering, and damage to wildlife habitat.
Previous proposals to address target shooting generated concerns by the public, said Confer Morris. As a result, WDFW is initiating a new effort to identify the best options for managing target shooting through an advisory committee process. This approach will empower a representative group of stakeholders to craft potential solutions through conversations with other participants and WDFW.
The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. April 7, 2017. Submissions can be emailed to Scott.McCorquodale@dfw.wa.gov or sent to McCorquodale at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 1701 S 24th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902.
New members should be available to attend meetings in Selah beginning as early as May 2017. The advisory committee will meet at least once a month through the 2017-2018 winter season. In addition to attending committee meetings, members will be asked to also participate in public workshops and open houses.
Interested candidates can download the membership application from the Wenas Wildlife Area webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/wenas/