OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations for Steelhead/Cutthroat and Inland Fish policy advisory groups, which are volunteer panels that provide the department with recommendations on many issues.
Each group consists of about 20 members, who represent species-specific, general conservation and fishing industry interests. Groups advise WDFW on statewide issues related to management of specific species. They also serve as an important communication link between WDFW and its constituents.
Advisers should have a broad statewide interest in their particular species and the ability to communicate effectively with large segments of the public.
The advisory groups meet approximately three times each year, and advisers are asked to provide comment on written material throughout the year. WDFW will provide financial assistance with meeting-related travel costs to working group members who request it. Advisers serve for a term of two years and can be reappointed. Appointments become effective January 2007. Current members are encouraged to reapply.
Nominations must be mailed no later than Dec. 1 to Bob Gibbons, state freshwater fish manager, at 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501-1091. More information is available by contacting Gibbons, at (360) 902-2329.
Any group or individual can submit a nomination, and self-nominations are also accepted. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with an organized group. Nominations must include the following information:
- The name of the advisory group the nominee is applying for.
- The nominee's name, address and telephone number.
- The nominee's affiliations, if any.
- The name, address and telephone number of any organization submitting a nomination.
- Experience, including the amount and type of experience, and any species or areas of interest, and references.