National Wildlife Week and Earth Day, both observed next week, are reminders
for Washington citizens to take action to protect their environment, says Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Bern Shanks.
National Wildlife Week, April 20-26, is sponsored by the National Wildlife
Federation, a 61-year-old non-profit conservation organization, which produces
education materials with citizen action themes.
The 27th anniversary of the first nationwide Earth Day celebration is April 22.
WDFW's environmental education program distributes National Wildlife Week
materials in this state. This year's theme is "Nature's Web: Communities and
Conservation," exploring three concepts: 1) humans depend on natural communities; 2)
the human community has responsibility for the natural community; and 3) people can
engage in community service to conserve natural resources.
"The environmental adage 'Everything is connected to everything else' that was
promoted during the first Earth Day in 1970 has never rung more true," Shanks said.
"We've always depended on the natural resources around us, and those natural
resources depend on our wise stewardship. But with more of us in the world and in
Washington every day, the health of those natural resources has become an even more
critical indicator of our own health."
Shanks, who recently unveiled a comprehensive draft plan to recover declining
wild salmon and steelhead and their habitats throughout Washington, encourages
citizens across the state to commemorate the special week and day by resolving to join
in a public review of the plan later this month and next.
"As our draft Wild Salmonid Policy suggests," Shanks said, " you can help form
or join a watershed council in your community to conserve fish, wildlife, and their
The National Wildlife Week "Nature's Web: Communities and Conservation"
packets of posters and activities are available free at WDFW offices across the state.
Further information about Wild Salmonid Policy public meetings, scheduled April
29 through May 21, also is available at WDFW offices.