The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is developing a habitat conservation plan (HCP) for land management activities (recreation, operation and maintenance, enhancement and restoration) occurring on state-owned and managed Wildlife Areas. This HCP will guide long-term conservation and protection of species, and will ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The HCP must be approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (collectively referred to as â€œthe Servicesâ€), the agencies responsible for implementing ESA. In 2006, WDFW interviewed stakeholders and tribal staff to identify appropriate ways to involve the public and other interested parties in development of the Wildlife Areas HCP.
This fact sheet describes the goals and benefits of the Wildlife Areas HCP, and explains how it will be developed.
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
). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html