October 15, 2002
Contact: Dave Ware (360) 902-2509
Public comment sought on state game management plan
OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled a series of meetings to gather public comment on the second draft of a proposed six-year management plan for the state's game species.
The dates and locations of the meetings are:
- Oct. 28, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor College, 1620 Edward P. Smith Dr.
- Oct. 29, Spokane, Spokane Falls Community College, Lounge A & B, 3410 W. Ft. George Wright Dr.
- Oct. 30, Yakima, Yakima Convention Center, Room B, 10 North 8th
- Nov. 6, Federal Way, Federal Way Library, 848 S. 320th St.
Each meeting is set to run from 7-9 p.m.
The six-year management plan is being developed to define the state's management of Washington game species, including deer, elk, moose, black bear, cougar, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, furbearing animals, migratory and upland birds and unclassified game animals.
WDFW game managers have incorporated public comments and suggestions from the first draft and expect to release the second draft later this week.
"We have received excellent input on the first draft of this important document, and I think people will be pleased with how their comments have been addressed," said Dave Ware, WDFW Game Division Manager. "Public involvement in the game management plan is an essential component of this process, and we look forward to continued participation as we develop this document."
The new draft will be sent out to the more than 450 citizens who received the first draft, including those who attended the public meetings and those who provided comments.
The second draft highlights new text in an underlined format, while deletions are shown with a line drawn through the words.
Comments will be used to prepare a final environmental impact statement on the game plan, and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to take action on the plan at its Dec. 6-7 meeting in Mount Vernon.