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June 18, 2008
Contact: Eyes in the Woods, (360) 480-6689
WDFW Wildlife Program, (360) 902-2515

Group seeks volunteers to clean up timberlands

OLYMPIA – Members of the Eyes in the Woods organization will be clearing litter from private timberlands in western Washington this month, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is encouraging hunters to lend a hand.

Eyes in the Woods, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to fish and wildlife stewardship, is sponsoring clean-up events in the following areas:

  • Olympic Peninsula: Participants will meet at 9 a.m. June 21 at the WDFW Region 6 Office, 48 Devonshire Rd. in Montesano. The clean-up effort, focusing on timberlands managed by Weyerhaeuser and the Campbell Group, will continue until 6 p.m.

  • Mount St. Helens: Participants will meet at 9 a.m. June 28 at Drews Grocery on State Route 504 in Toutle. The clean-up effort will focus on Weyerhaeuser’s Mount St. Helens Tree Farm and will continue until 6 p.m.

For contact information about these events, see the Eyes in the Woods website at http://eitw.us/boscal/calendar.php or call (360) 480-6689.

Dave Ware, WDFW game manager, said Eyes in the Woods volunteers play an important role in wildlife management by monitoring hunter activity, staffing check stations, posting signs and assisting the department in a variety of other ways.

The upcoming clean-up effort is another example of those efforts, Ware said.

“Access to private lands is a major issue for hunters and this department,” Ware said. “This is a way for hunters to show their appreciation for landowners who open their lands for outdoor recreation.”