Agency Plans and Reports
Date Published: 2010
Number of Pages: 4
Washingtonâ€™s diverse fish and wildlife speciesâ€”from magnificent orca whales and elk to the myriad inhabitants of our beaches, wetlands, mountains and meadowsâ€”are a fundamental part of our stateâ€™s natural heritage. They have been here for eons, but their future is anything but assured.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) exists to ensure the survival of these living resourcesâ€”now and for future generations.
Protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife is WDFWâ€™s mandate, set by the Washington Legislature. To meet that mandate, conservation is the first priority in all WDFW doesâ€”whether protecting vulnerable species, restoring their habitat, crafting sustainable fishing, hunting and wildlife-viewing opportunities, or enforcing laws that protect natural resources.
After decades of pressure from human development and loss of habitat, Washingtonâ€™s fish and wildlife now face new challenges from climate change, pollution and destructive invasive species.
At the same time, declining state revenues and competition for other state services have reduced funding for fish and wildlife conservation. In the past two years, State General Fund support for WDFWâ€™s work has dropped nearly $30 million and further reductions are anticipated in the coming year.
While Washington state faces many pressing needsâ€”from education to transportation, from health care to public safetyâ€”our fish and wildlife resources also need support and careful management if they are to remain part of our heritage.
Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org
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