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June 24, 2002
Contact: Deb Bacon, (360) 586-1498 ext. 229

WDFW staff help women sharpen outdoor skills

Fishing, wildlife identification and map-and-compass reading will be among the outdoor skills taught by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at the Washington Outdoor Women (WOW) annual workshop.

The WOW workshop takes place Sept. 20-22 at Camp Waskowitz Environmental Learning Center in North Bend. Washington Outdoor Women is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching women outdoor skills and stewardship of natural resources.

WDFW staff serving as volunteer instructors include angler educator Jim Byrd and enforcement officer Tammy Conklin, who will teach basic fishing; wildlife biologist Laura Till, who will teach map and compass use; and wildlife biologist Shelly Ament, who will teach wildlife identification.

Workshop participants may choose three half-day sessions from among 18 topics, including big-game hunting, fly tying, archery, survival skills, clay target shooting and wildlife identification. Class sizes range from five to 12 participants.

The workshop fee of $175 includes instruction, equipment, food, lodging and a T-shirt. Scholarships are available. The deadline for scholarship requests is July 23.

Course descriptions and registration forms are available on the WOW website or by calling (425) 455-1986.

Workshop sponsors, besides WDFW, are the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Greater Seattle Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Trout Unlimited and Isomedia.