Draft 25-Year Strategic Plan
A Path for a New Era
The Washington population is expanding. Our climate is changing. Public values and expectations are shifting. As a result of these and other factors, many fish and wildlife populations across Washington are failing to thrive.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is currently crafting a 25-Year draft strategic plan to address these challenges. The plan, if adopted, would help the Department shift the trajectory of its work through actions outlined within five key strategies:
- Proactively address conservation challenges,
- Build passionate constituencies through community engagement,
- Connect people to nature and conservation through recreation and stewardship,
- Deliver science that informs Washington’s most pressing fish and wildlife questions, and
- Move WDFW toward operational and environmental excellence.
In 2019, under the directions of the Fish and Wildlife Commission and WDFW Director Kelly Susewind, the Department began an effort craft the plan based on the diverse perspectives of stakeholders, partners, and employees. If adopted, the plan will help the department to guide collaboration, policy and funding decisions.
June 12: Provide public comments at Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting
July 10: Deadline to provide comments via online feedback form (to be temporarily unavailable July 3)
July 17: Provide public comments at Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting
August 21: Fish and Wildlife Commission considers adoption
Contact the team working on the WDFW strategic plan via email at email@example.com. Those who have poor internet access, don't have access to email, or are otherwise not able to engage digitally are encouraged to request a limited number of the draft plan at (360) 902-2208. (Limited copies available.) Written feedback can be mailed to:
Strategic Plan/Kevin Wharton
P.O. Box 43200
Olympia, WA 98504-3200
(Note: feedback form below will be temporarily unavailable on July 3.)
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Archive of strategic plans and annual reports
- 2017-2019 Strategic Plan
- 2015-2017 Strategic Plan
- 2013-2015 Strategic Plan
- 2011-2017 Strategic Plan
- 2009-2015 Strategic Plan
- 2007-2009 Strategic Plan
- 2005-2007 Strategic Plan
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WDFW Long-term Funding Plan
Our fish and wildlife resources and the natural lands on which they depend are at risk. The challenge of adequately funding fish and wildlife is not unique to Washington, but it is acute here. The Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the State’s main steward of fish and wildlife populations and habitat, is facing significant, chronic, structural budget shortfalls. If action is not taken, deep cuts in services across the board will be needed to balance the books. Even if funding were increased to keep services at their current level, the investment is still woefully inadequate. Nationally, the National Wildlife Federation estimates that we are funding the work called for in the State Wildlife Action Plans for species of greatest concern no more than 5 percent of need. In Washington, DFW estimates the funding is less than 5 percent. Salmon and steelhead recovery is lagging behind what is desired, and Southern Resident Killer Whales face extinction if diminishing population trends cannot be reversed.