Columbia Basin Wildlife Area Advisory Committee

Columbia Basin Wildlife Area is one of 33 wildlife areas owned or managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

All of the state's wildlife areas are guided by a Wildlife Area Management Plan. Over the next 10-years, the plans are being re-written to reflect current conditions and updated objectives to support the agency's mission: To preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

The Columbia Basin Wildlife Area plan will be developed with input from the public and interested stakeholders, including a Wildlife Area Advisory Committee (WAAC). The WAAC will have a charter that includes the purpose and responsibilities of the Columbia Basin WAAC and agency staff.

Wildlife Area Advisory Committee (WAAC) Membership

WAAC members represent a range of interested tribes or stakeholder groups who are impacted or have an interest in activities on the wildlife area including birding, wildlife, conservation, land management, local government, agri-business and other interests. WAAC members:

  • Represent a group or organization affected or impacted by or interested in wildlife area planning and management issues;
  • Are committed to sharing information and bringing to the committee feedback from their respective constituents; and
  • Are interested and committed to working collaboratively; and
  • Understand and are comfortable in role of serving in an advisory capacity.

WAAC Role & Responsibilities

The role of the advisory committee is to provide public and other stakeholders' perspectives in WDFW wildlife area planning and management activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Review information, discuss issues with staff and other committee members, and provide input during the development of the wildlife area plan
  • Serve as spokespersons for respective interest groups, reporting back to agency staff and the committee about the interests and concerns of the larger stakeholder group
  • Identify an alternate who will serve when and if the primary representative is unable to participate. (Continuity is especially important as there will be a limited number of meetings and each meeting will build on the material covered at previous meetings);
  • Be a sounding board for wildlife area planning and management activities
  • Identify issues of concern
  • Be able to communicate about agency goals and wildlife area activities outside of WAAC meetings
  • Act in an advisory capacity, providing input to staff that will be considered in the department's decision-making process
  • Acknowledge and accept that the process will provide only limited time to delve into all wildlife issues

At the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, we celebrate diverse individuals who bring a wide range of perspectives. All are welcome to participate in our processes regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability.

Mission statement

The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide advice on general management of the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area, and  input on the development of the new Columbia Basin Wildlife Area Management Plan.

Meeting calendar

Date Location Meeting materials

This meeting is for the WDFW planning team to walk through the Draft Columbia Basin Wildlife Area Management Plan for the Wildlife Area Advisory Committee. The draft plan and goals & objectives documents were sent to the committee on August 12, 2021. The committee review period is August 12-September 10.  The committee members may also make comments during the public comment period which will be approximately from September 13-October 12.


The meeting is via Microsoft Teams. Please email for the link.

The purpose of this meeting is to review comments submitted and provide opportunity to comment on the draft goals & objectives for the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area plan. Please  see the  "Meeting Materials" for a copy. 

WDFW Region 2 Office - Ephrata