Six meetings will be held across the state next month to gather public views on
proposed changes to the state's list of sensitive, threatened and endangered species.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is holding the
sessions in each of the agency's six administrative regions. The meetings are part of a
public comment period which ends June 13. Written comments may be mailed up to
that date to Harriet Allen, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol
Way N., Olympia 98501-1091.
Under discussion will be the proposed addition to the state endangered species
list of the Oregon spotted frog, as well as revisions which would change the gray whale
from endangered to sensitive status and the Aleutian Canada goose from endangered
to threatened status. The Olive Ridley sea turtle would be dropped from consideration
After the public meetings state biologists will prepare final status reports and
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) documents, which will be available for public
review in July. The species listing proposals will be presented to the Washington Fish
and Wildlife Commission for action in early August.
The WDFW maintains a list of sensitive, threatened and state species separate
from the list maintained by the federal government. Presently, there are 24
endangered, eight threatened and one sensitive species on the state's list.
Endangered species are those in danger of becoming extinct in the state;
threatened species are considered likely to become endangered unless preventive
steps are taken, and sensitive species are those which are vulnerable, showing
declining numbers and are in danger of becoming threatened or endangered.
The Oregon spotted frog, which historically ranged from the Canadian border
south to the Columbia River, is present only in Thurston County and two locations in
the south Cascades. Habitat loss and introduced predators have contributed to the
The gray whale is being recommended for downlisting because its numbers
have rebounded to more than 21,000 animals in the eastern Pacific Ocean since gray
whale hunting was prohibited. The species already has been removed from the federal
endangered species list.
The Aleutian Canada goose is being recommended for downlisting because it
has increased to more than 6,000 animals following a successful 20-year recovery
The Olive Ridley sea turtle is being recommended to be dropped from listings
because, although the tropical animal occasionally has been found washed up on
Washington beaches, the state is outside the species' normal range.
The public meetings will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in each of the following
|Yakima||June 3||J.M. Perry Institute |
20 W. Washington St.
|Wenatchee||June 4||Chelan County Fire District One|
206 Easy St.
|Spokane||June 5||Spokane Counth Health Building|
W. 1101 College Ave.
|Mill Creek||June 10||Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Region 4 Headquarters
16018 Mill Creek Blvd.
|Vancouver||June 11||Clark County Public Utilities Operations Center|
8600 NE 117th Ave.
|Aberdeen||June 12||Grays Harbor Community College HUB|
1620 Edward P. Smith Drive(off Hwy. 105)