For more information on habitat issues, please contact the
WDFW Habitat Program.
Phone: 360-902-2534

For more information on WDFW managed lands including wildlife areas, please contact the
WDFW Wildlife Program.
Phone: 360-902-2515

Download pamphlet Water Crossing Design Guidelines
The cost of a barrier culvert replacement is very high and multiplied by the thousands that currently dot the landscape. If new culverts fail to provide fish passage, then this money has been wasted and the outlay doubled since they must be replaced a second time in order to comply with State law. On the basis of economics alone, it is important to replace culverts right the first time. By following the advice given in this document and by relying on the expertise of knowledgeable designers and biologists, we hope that your water crossing project is successful. Learn more >>

Gray Wolf Conservation & Management

Land Use Planners Guide to Salmonid Protection and Recovery
The Washington State Aquatic Habitat Guidelines Program and WDFW have developed guidance for local governments to assist the integration of salmonid recovery objectives with local land use planning programs. This guidance includes information on state salmonid recovery efforts, sources of scientific guidance and model policies and development regulations for implementing salmonid recovery in local planning programs.

Picture of a wind turbine Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Renewable Energy Program provides energy development technical assistance to project owners throughout Washington. Staff engage in project planning, mitigation and settlement negotiations and project permit and license implementation throughout Washington on existing and proposed energy projects (hydroelectric, wind, wave, tidal, natural gas, and nuclear). Learn more >>

Yellow Pond Lily on Oxbow Lake

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and other government agencies worked with the Governor's Office of Regulatory Assistance to streamline the aquatic project permitting process. The new process is now available and is intended to save applicants time and money.   Learn More >>

Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) Q&A



State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Lead Agency Reviews
Brown pelican PHS on the Web
An interactive map of WDFW priority habitats and species information for project review.
Fish Passage Technical Assistance
Area Habitat Biologists Geographic Coverage Areas
HPA Habitat Conservation Plan
Wind Power Guidelines
Aquatic Habitat Guidelines: An Integrated Approach to Marine, Freshwater, and Riparian Habitat Protection and Restoration
SalmonScape SalmonScape
Interactive mapping application includes salmon distribution, status, and habitats
Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project
Fish and Wildlife Planner Newsletter
Local Habitat Assessment (LHA)
Recreational Activities May Harm Salmon and Steelhead Spawning Beds