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

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May 17, 2007
Contact: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267

Commission to consider land rules and
transactions at June 1- 2 meeting in Spokane

OLYMPIA The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will discuss proposed changes in rules for public conduct on state wildlife areas, and will consider approval of several land transactions during a public meeting June 1 and 2 in Spokane Valley.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., June 1, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Conference Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. The meeting will continue at 8:30 a.m., June 2. Public comments on any topic will be taken at the beginning and end of each meeting day.

The nine-member commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is scheduled to take action on the acquisition of three properties in Okanogan County and one easement grant in Clallam County.

The commission will hear WDFW staff briefings and take public input on:

  • Proposed public conduct rules to protect fish and wildlife resources and ensure public safety on WDFW-managed wildlife areas and water access sites
  • North Potholes Game Reserve access restrictions
  • Fir Island Farm Game Reserve rules
  • Waterfowl hunting rules on use of decoys and calls
  • Game tagging requirements

The commission also is scheduled to hear briefings on:

  • Public safety cougar removals
  • Special trapping permits
  • Deer and elk damage claims

A complete agenda for the June 1-2 meeting is available on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/com/meetings.htm.