February 22, 2001
Contact: Dinah Demers, (509) 456-4086
Northeast elk plan to be reviewed at March 8, 2001 open house in Spokane
SPOKANE -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) draft management plan for northeast elk herds will be available for review in Spokane at a public open house next month.
The open house will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m., Mar. 8, in the public meeting room of the North Spokane County public library, 44 W. Hawthorne St, Spokane (just off Division, north of Country Homes Blvd.)
The draft plan is a five-year document designed to guide the management of one of Washington's 10 major elk herds. The Northeast or Selkirk elk herd, totaling an estimated 1,200 animals, includes a conglomerate of many small elk groups or sub-herds in the Selkirk Mountains of Pend Oreille and Stevens County and south to Hangman Creek in Spokane County.
The plan has three primary goals:
- To manage the elk herd for a sustained yield;
- to manage elk for a variety of recreational, educational and aesthetic purposes including hunting, scientific study, cultural and ceremonial uses by Native Americans, wildlife viewing and photography; and
- to preserve, protect, perpetuate, manage and enhance elk and their habitats to ensure healthy, productive populations.
Copies of the draft plan are available on WDFW's website. Copies also will be available at the open house where WDFW biologists will answer questions. All public comments will be recorded and considered by the agency before adoption of the final plan.