A four-year land management plan for three state wildlife areas in Pierce County
will be the focus of an open house Dec. 12 and 13.
The open house, sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife,
will run from 5 to 9 p.m., Dec. 12 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 13 at Lakewood
Library, 6300 Wildaire Road SW.
The plan under discussion will guide management of 4,575 acres of South Puget
Sound Wildlife Area lands located on McNeil, Pitt and Gertrude islands, at the Ohop
Farm near Eatonville and at the South Puget Sound Urban Interpretive Center in
The island parcels provide protected habitat for bald eagles, harbor seals and
blacktail deer. The farm parcel provides forage, cover and nesting for birds, deer and
The Lakewood interpretive center offers a setting for urban residents to learn
about prairie, oak woodland and wetland habitats. The plan calls for additional wetland
creation, tree planting and prairie enhancements. The center recently was proposed as
the WDFW Region 7 temporary headquarters.
Public comments collected at the open house will be considered for inclusion in
the plan, which is to be completed by early spring. Copies of the plan are available by
calling Cynthia Pratt at (360) 902-2597.
Comments on the plan may be submitted until Jan. 12 and should be addressed
to: Neil Rickard, WDFW Habitat Management Program, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia