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


November 06, 2006
Contact: John Garrett, (360) 445-4441

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Trail work will limit Spencer Island access

OLYMPIA A trail to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlifes (WDFW) public access area on Spencer Island near Everett will be closed Nov. 6-27 during a habitat and trail improvement project.

The Spencer Island trail north of the Union Slough bridge will be closed during the improvement project. Thats the only trail that provides foot access to WDFWs property on the island.

Spencer Island is currently open for waterfowl hunting, and hunters can still access the island by boat, said John Garrett, manager of WDFWs Snoqualmie Wildlife Area, which includes Spencer Island.

The temporary trail closure is necessary to ensure public safety while we make improvements to the area, Garrett said. But waterfowl hunters who can get to the island by boat can still hunt on WDFWs land during the trail project.

A trail that leads to Snohomish Countys property south of the access bridge will remain open during the improvement project, said Garrett. Hunting is not allowed on the county-owned portion of the island.

Spencer Island is a popular outdoor recreation site near Everett. WDFW owns 174 acres at the northern end of the island, while Snohomish County owns the remaining 240 acres.