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

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August 24, 2004
Contact: Madonna Luers, 509-456-4073

State fish and wildlife director to hold open houses Sept. 8, 2004 in Pateros and Sept. 9, 2004 in Spokane

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Jeff Koenings will discuss fish and wildlife issues at two open houses scheduled for Sept. 8 in Pateros and Sept. 9 in Spokane, department officials announced today.

Besides Koenings, other WDFW personnel also will be on hand to answer questions and take comments about fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, habitat protection, enforcement, and other related issues.

The open houses are informal and no presentations are scheduled.

"I encourage anyone with an interest in our state's fish and wildlife resources to take the time and attend one of the open houses," Koenings said. "They provide an excellent forum to informally discuss issues in-depth and become better familiar with department personnel."

The Wednesday, Sept. 8, session will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Pateros School Library, 344 W. Beach St. in Pateros. Recent upper Columbia River area salmon fishing seasons and upcoming steelhead seasons are expected to be discussed along with other fish and wildlife topics.

The Thursday, Sept. 9, session will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council meeting room, 6116 N. Market St. in Spokane. The eastern region's central district team program staff will be available to visit with citizens and discuss local and statewide fish and wildlife issues.