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

April 01, 1999
Contact: Wildlife Management, (360) 902-2515

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Draft Washington State Recovery Plan for the Western Pond Turtle now available for review

The Draft Washington State Recovery Plan for the Western Pond Turtle is now available for review. The western pond turtle is a state endangered species. This recovery plan represents several years of work by biologists and managers within and outside the Department. The plan provides the most comprehensive report on this species' status and habits in Washington. The Department will use the plan to guide its recovery and management activities during the next several years.

Copies of the draft plan are available at the Department's regional offices and Olympia headquarters. To request a copy, call or send an e-mail request to the Wildlife Management Program. It is also available on the agency website. Comments on the draft plan are due by July 1, 1999. Please send comments to:

Endangered Species Section Manager
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia WA 98501
wildthing@dfw.wa.gov