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

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October 27, 2016
Contact: Nicole Czarnomski (360) 906-6732

WDFW hosts public meeting to discuss plans
to restore fish habitat on the Shillapoo Wildlife Area

VANCOUVER - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public meeting Nov.  14 to solicit feedback on a proposed project to restore fish habitat at the Shillapoo Wildlife Area.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Nov. 14, at the WDFW Region 5 headquarters, located at 2108 Grand Blvd., Vancouver.

The proposed project would reestablish a connection between floodplain wetlands and the Columbia River across the 1,000 acre South Unit of the Shillapoo Wildlife Area and Buckmire Slough. Funding for this project would be provided by Bonneville Power Administration.

"This project is part of an ongoing effort to encourage thriving salmon populations in the Columbia Basin," said Nicole Czarnomski, Lower Columbia habitat program manager.  "We are in the early stages of this process still, and we want to gather community perspective on how to improve our plans."

The wildlife area is located within the floodplain of the Columbia River in Clark County and is currently managed as habitat for wintering waterfowl. The proposed project would restore fish access while maintaining habitat for wildlife. 

Goals of the project include:

  • Restore habitat for threatened and endangered salmonids
  • Continue to provide wetland habitat – minimizing impacts of the project to existing wetlands, waterfowl habitat, and other threatened and sensitive species (sandhill crane, Columbia white-tailed deer, dusky Canada goose)
  • Minimize flood risk to adjacent landowners with flood protection measures
  • Maintain or improve existing hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreational opportunities

Agency staff will provide an overview of the project, its benefits and a proposed timeline.   Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments.

Those unable to attend the Nov.  14th meeting can submit comments to Nicole Czarnomski at: Nicole.Czarnomski@dfw.wa.gov