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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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February 05, 2019
Contact: Cynthia Wilkerson, 360-902-2696
Julie Sandberg, 360-902-8149

WDFW invites public comments on
9 land conservation projects

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting public comments on nine land conservation projects for potential funding that would protect fish, wildlife, and public access to the great outdoors.

Conservation projects proposed by the department range from protecting a saltwater shoreline on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to shrubsteppe habitat for sharp-tail grouse and public recreation in Okanogan County. Descriptions of all nine proposed projects are available at

The department will accept written comments through Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.

"This is an opportunity to comment on these proposals in the early stages of our strategic thinking," said Cynthia Wilkerson, WDFW lands division manager.

The department currently owns or manages approximately one million acres in 33 wildlife areas and more than 600 public water access sites. Those properties provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as fishing, hunting and other outdoor experiences for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians every year. 

"Our goal is to protect land and water for people and wildlife throughout our state," Wilkerson said. "WDFW lands give visitors a chance to explore Washington's natural places, while preserving our natural heritage."

WDFW is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities.