OLYMPIA – A draft policy establishing the rules for domestic livestock grazing on lands owned or controlled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is available for public review.
The draft policy, which is being developed by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission with input from WDFW staff, would permit domestic livestock grazing on WDFW-managed lands when consistent with the department's strategic plan, said Edd Bracken, WDFW rangeland specialist. He said the new draft policy also ensures compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.
There currently are 37 permits issued for seasonal domestic livestock grazing on approximately 8 percent of lands owned or controlled by WDFW.
Copies of the draft commission policy are available for review at WDFW regional offices throughout the state, or online.
Comments on the draft policy will be accepted through Sept. 14. Written comments must be postmarked by 5 p.m., Sept. 14, and should be directed to WDFW, Attn: Terry Pate, Wildlife Program, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia WA 98501. Comments may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . On-line comments should include "Grazing policy comment" in the subject line.
Additional public comment will be taken at the commission's Sept. 27-28 meeting in Walla Walla, after which the commission is expected to act on the final policy.