WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

March 04, 2003
Contact: Cynthia Pratt, (360) 902-2575

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SEPA rules may be merged for Fish and Wildlife

OLYMPIA - The Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider a plan at its April meeting to consolidate rules followed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in implementing the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

The proposed changes would merge SEPA rules from the former Department of Wildlife and former Department of Fisheries into a single chapter in the Washington Administrative Code. The two former agencies were combined to form WDFW in the mid-1990s.

"These changes are entirely administrative in nature and don't effect department policy," said Greg Hueckel, assistant director for the WDFW Habitat Program. "They will, however, give the department a unified set of rules on matters related to SEPA."

The proposed rule changes will be posted on WDFW's website and can also be obtained by calling the Habitat Program at (360) 902-2534.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed change at the Fish and Wildlife's meeting April 11-12 at the Moses Lake Convention Center, 1475 Nelson Road, in Moses Lake. Written comments should be sent to the Habitat Program at 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, Washington 98501-1091 by April 4, 2003. E-mailed comments may also be submitted to habitatSEPA@dfw.wa.gov.