OLYMPIA -- A land management plan which seeks to balance human uses with
fish and wildlife needs in a wildlife area near Riffe Lake has been drafted by the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and will be discussed in an open house
Friday and Saturday.
The public session will be held at the Cowlitz Wildlife Area Headquarters, 350
Hwy 7 in Morton. The open house will run from 5 to 9 p.m., Sept. 12, and from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., Sept. 13.
The Cowlitz Wildlife Area covers 12,235 acres surrounding Riffe Lake, as well
as lands north of the lake. The land is owned by Tacoma Public Utilities but is managed
The plan calls for plantings and other habitat enhancements for blacktail deer,
dabbling ducks and other species which inhabit the area, while recommending
additional trails and parking lots and continued use of the lake for water sports. The
plan does call for limitations on off-road vehicle use in the area, however.
After the open house, public comments will be collected and considered for
inclusion in the plan, which is to be completed by the end of the year. Copies of the
plan are available by calling Paul Dahmer at (360) 902-2612.
Written comments on the plan may be submitted until Oct. 13 and should be
addressed to: Neil Rickard, WDFW, Habitat Management Program, 600 Capitol Way
N., Olympia WA 98501-1091.