July 30, 1999
Contact: Jack Smith, (360) 249-1222 or John Pierce (360) 902-2511
Volunteers needed for Olympic Peninsula elk survey
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking volunteers to help gather information this fall on Olympic Peninsula elk populations, which have declined significantly in recent years.
Information collected by the volunteers on the location, size and composition of elk populations will be used to develop management guidelines and guide discussions between state and tribal wildlife managers.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will be conducting the elk surveys in Game Management Units (GMUs) 601, 602, 607, 612, 615, 618, 638, 648 and 651 (Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam counties) in September, with follow-up activity through January.
More than 300 volunteers are needed from Sept. 15 to 30 for a three-pronged effort which will include ground and aerial surveys, gathering information at hunter check stations, and entering data from the surveys on a web site developed by and maintained by WDFW.
The volunteer information and training meetings will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the following locations:
- Aug. 10 KBH Archers Clubhouse, 3680 Old Belfair Highway, Belfair
- Aug. 11 City Hall, 112 North Main St., Montesano
- Aug. 12 Nimrod Hall, W. 7500 Shelton-Matlock Road , Shelton
- Aug. 16 West End Sportsmens Club, Sportsmen's Club Road, Forks
- Aug. 17 Carrie Blake Park, 202 North Blake Ave., Sequim
Volunteers who participate in aerial surveys, ground sighting and data entry will be asked to commit to a second training workshop in late August or September covering radio telemetry, helicopter safety and data entry procedures.
"This survey work is an important part of elk recovery activities on the Olympic Peninsula." said Jack Smith, WDFW Region 6 wildlife manager.