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March 29, 2016
Contact: Jeanne Demorest, (509) 457-9313

WDFW seeks public participation
in Snoqualmie Wildlife Area plan

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop April 11 to discuss the development of a new management plan for the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area.

The wildlife area consists of six separate units that cover nearly 2,774 acres in King and Snohomish counties. The management plan will address the status of wildlife species and their habitat, wildlife area restoration efforts and public recreation for all six units, said Clay Sprague, WDFW lands division manager.

"We want to encourage people who are interested in the wildlife area to help shape our plan, including how we manage habitat and public use," Sprague said.

The workshop is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., April 11, at the WDFW Region 4 headquarters, located at 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek.

At the meeting, WDFW staff members will review the wildlife area’s history, discuss the planning process and ask for public comments.

As the new management plan is developed, the department will consider input from the public as well as feedback and guidance from the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area advisory committee, Sprague said. The advisory committee consists of citizens and stakeholders who review and provide input on wildlife area management activities.

Information on the wildlife area’s six units is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/snoqualmie/.

Those people unable to attend the April 11 meeting can submit comments to WDFW by email at SnoqualmiePlanning@dfw.wa.gov. There will be additional opportunities for public input, including at upcoming advisory committee meetings and when the draft plan is developed.

The department revises management plans for its 33 wildlife areas every eight to 10 years to reflect current conditions and identify new priorities and initiatives, Sprague said. WDFW also is updating the management plans for Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek wildlife areas in northern Washington and Klickitat Wildlife Area in south central Washington.

For more information on the wildlife area planning process, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/management_plans/.