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


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November 17, 2017
Contact: Nate Pamplin, 360-902-2693

WDFW Budget and Policy Advisory Group
sets first meeting Dec. 6 on long-term finance plan

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has appointed a 20-member advisory committee to help the department with strategic planning, development of legislative proposals, and future budget requests.

The group's kick-off meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Room 186 of the South Puget Sound Community College campus in Lacey, 4220 6th Ave. Its first task will be to help WDFW develop a long-term revenue plan in response to legislative direction.

When they enacted the 2017-19 biennial state operating budget, lawmakers directed WDFW to complete three tasks to improve the department's long-term financial stability and operational efficiency:

  • Develop a long-term plan to balance projected expenses and revenues by providing prioritized options for spending reductions and revenue increases.
  • Identify and implement management improvements and operating efficiencies.
  • Conduct a "zero-based budget review" to accompany the department's proposed 2019-21 operating budget.

The Legislature also directed WDFW to obtain public input on revenue options and to report its activities quarterly to the Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Governor's budget office, and the Legislature.

Nate Pamplin, WDFW policy director, said this process represents the department's first comprehensive management, operations, and financial review in more than 10 years.

"Rapid population growth and recent state and federal budget trends pose major challenges for fish and wildlife management," Pamplin said. "The advisory committee will provide valuable perspectives and recommendations about the role the department plays in conservation and the outdoor economy."

Pamplin said the advisory group members reflect the wide range of the department's current and planned programs and services. A list of the members appears below.

All meetings of the advisory group will be open to the public and will include public comment opportunities.

WDFW Budget and Policy Advisory Group

Name Affiliation City

Jason Callahan

Washington Forest Protection Association

Olympia

Gary Chandler

Association of Washington Business

Olympia

Bill Clarke

Trust for Public Land and Trout Unlimited

Olympia

David Cloe

Inland Northwest Wildlife Council

Spokane

Tom Davis

Washington Farm Bureau

Olympia

Mitch Friedman

Conservation Northwest

Seattle

Ron Garner

Puget Sound Anglers

Monroe

Andrea Imler

Washington Trails Association

Seattle

Eric Johnson

Washington State Association of Counties

Olympia

Fred Koontz

Conservationist

Duvall

Wayne Marion

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Olympia

Andy Marks

Coastal Conservation Association

Auburn

Greg Mueller

Washington Trollers Association

Westport

Craig Partridge

Capitol Land Trust

Olympia

Mike Peterson

The Lands Council

Spokane

Mark Pidgeon

Hunters Heritage Council

Kent

Butch Smith

Ilwaco Charter Association

Ilwaco

Jennifer Syrowitz

Audubon Society

Seattle

Rachel Voss

Mule Deer Foundation

Yakima

Dick Wallace

Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups

Olympia