OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invites comment through Feb. 23 on the potential effects of livestock grazing on wildlife lands in Kittitas County, as described in a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
The DEIS, required by the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), is available for review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hab/sepa/sepa.htm, or by request from WDFW.
WDFW proposes including livestock grazing as part of the Wild Horse Coordinated Resource Management (CRM) planning process for a 62,000-acre area about 10 miles east of Ellensburg in eastern Kittitas County. Some of the lands, including WDFW's Whiskey Dick Wildlife Area, have not been grazed in the past 10 years and are subject to a SEPA review.
Issues identified during the public scoping process and addressed in the DEIS include:
- Water quality impacts
- Protection of stream corridors
- Spread of noxious weeds
- Impacts to sage grouse, elk, mule deer and steelhead
- Soil displacement and compaction
- Habitat monitoring
Comments must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. Feb. 23, either by FAX (360-902-2946) or by mail to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife SEPA Desk / Habitat Program, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091.