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February 17, 2017
Contact: Cynthia Wilkerson, 360-902-2696
Julie Sandberg, 360-902-8149

WDFW invites public comments on
12 land conservation projects

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting public comments on 12 land conservation projects for potential funding that would benefit fish, wildlife and public access to the great outdoors.

Conservation projects proposed by the department range from restoring salmon habitat at the mouth of the Skagit River to expanding recreational access to grasslands in Columbia County. Descriptions of all 12 proposed projects are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions/.

The department will accept written comments through Monday, March 13, 2017.

"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 700 public water access sites. Those properties provide fish and wildlife habitat, as well as fishing, hunting and other outdoor activities for hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians every year. 

"We have a responsibility to safeguard the future of fish and wildlife, while also providing for outdoor recreation in our state," Wilkerson said. "With suitable habitat for many species declining year after year, acquiring and managing land is one tool we have to provide these public benefits."