The Okanogan Valley is home to two of 33 wildlife areas (WLA) owned and/or managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Each of these areas is guided by a Wildlife Area Management Plan. Starting with Swanson Lakes WLA, and continuing over the next 10 years, these plans will be revised 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 plans will be developed with input from the public and interested stakeholders, including a Wildlife Area Advisory Committee (WAAC). Each WAAC has a charter that includes the purpose and responsibilities of the WAAC and agency staff in the development of Wildlife Area Management Plan.
Wildlife Area Advisory Committee (WAAC) Membership
WAAC members represent a range of interested stakeholder groups who may be impacted by, or have an interest in, management activities on the Wildlife Areas. WAAC members:
- Represent a group or organization interested in wildlife area planning and management issues
- Are committed to sharing information and bringing feedback from their respective constituents to the WAAC
- Are interested in and committed to working collaboratively, and
- Understand and are comfortable with serving in an advisory capacity
WAAC Role & Responsibilities
The role of the WAAC is to provide input and perspective for WLA planning and management activities.
- Be Informed and prepared for all meetings - Review information, discuss issues with staff and other committee members, and provide input during the development of the plan
- Fairly and equitably represent concerns of those they represent - Serve as spokespersons for respective interest groups, reporting back to agency staff and the WAAC about the interests and concerns of stakeholders
- 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 WLA planning and management activities
- Identify issues of concern
- Effectively communicate WDFW goals and Wildlife Area activities to the public outside of WAAC meetings
- Act in an advisory capacity, providing input to staff that will be considered in WDFW'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.
Contacts and member info
The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide input for the development of the new Okanogan Valley Wildlife Areas Management Plan including Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek Wildlife Areas.