The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop Feb. 6 to discuss the development of a new management plan for the Swanson Lakes, Reardan Audubon Lake, and Revere wildlife areas in Eastern Washington.
The workshop is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at WDFW's Eastern Region office, 2315 North Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. WDFW staff will describe the planning process and invite participants to share their views about how the areas should be managed and used.
WDFW manages 33 wildlife areas across the state, comprising about 1 million acres of critical fish and wildlife habitat. The lands include nearly all of the fish and wildlife species and habitats found in Washington and provide for conservation and recreation. Each year they attract about 4 million visitors who hunt, fish and observe wildlife in their natural environments.
Clay Sprague, WDFW Lands Division Manager, said the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area Management Plan is the first of 33 wildlife area plans statewide that will be revised over the next decade. Plans are revised every six to eight years to reflect current conditions and the progress of past activities, and to identify new management priorities and actions.
He said the plans typically address the status of wildlife species and their habitat, habitat restoration activities, public recreation, weed management, and other activities to meet the department's mission of mission of preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems.
Each plan is developed through a public process that takes approximately nine months and includes significant public participation. Sprague said WDFW will seek the public's participation by conducting public meetings, making information available on the department's website, and establishing advisory committees to provide recommendations for each area. Members of the public also will be able to submit comments through the department's website and to sign up online for periodic updates about individual management plans.
For more information on WDFW wildlife areas and the management planning process, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/