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

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January 14, 2005
Contact: Dianne Ludwig, (360) 902-2252
Or Heather Bartlett, (360) 902-2662

Salmon recovery leaders needed

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) needs citizens interested in salmon recovery to serve on a board that oversees the state's Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group (RFEG) program.

The RFEG program was created in 1990 by the Washington State Legislature to involve local communities, citizen volunteers, and landowners in the state's salmon recovery efforts. The current 14 groups (11 in western Washington, three in eastern Washington) are dedicated solely to restoring salmon and steelhead populations by working with state and federal agencies, Native American tribes, and local businesses and landowners.

Three volunteer board positions (one representing sportfishing, one commercial fishing, and on at-large) are currently open on the eight-member advisory board. The board meets quarterly throughout the state to review and approve projects for salmon recovery proposed by the RFEGs. Travel reimbursement and per diem expenses are available, but board members do not receive direct compensation.

"Serving on the board is a great opportunity to build a stronger relationship between watershed-based citizen groups and the Department in our shared mission of rebuilding salmon runs throughout our great state," said WDFW Deputy Director Larry Peck.

The three-year terms begin March 2005 and expire December 31, 2008.

Interested persons should submit a letter of interest and a resume by January 28 to:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group Program
Attn: Heather Bartlett
600 Capitol Way North
Olympia, Washington 98501-1091.