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July 05, 2017
Contact: Ron Fox, (509) 665-3383

WDFW seeks public participation in
Chelan Wildlife Area plan

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop July 13 to discuss the development of a new management plan for the Chelan Wildlife Area in northcentral Washington.

The wildlife area consists of seven separate units that cover roughly 32,800 acres in Chelan and Okanogan counties. The management plan will address the status of wildlife species and their habitat, wildlife area restoration efforts and public recreation, said Ron Fox, wildlife area manager.

"We want to hear from the community about how they use this area as well as what recreation and natural resource values are important to them," Fox said.

The workshop is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., July 13, at Station 11 of the Chelan County Fire District 1 located at 206 Easy Street, Wenatchee.

At the meeting, WDFW staff members will review the wildlife area's history, discuss the planning process and ask for public comments.

As the new management plan is developed, the department will consider input from the public as well as feedback and guidance from the Chelan Wildlife Area advisory committee, Fox said. The advisory committee consists of citizens and stakeholders who review and provide input on wildlife area management activities.

Information on the wildlife area's seven units is available on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/chelan/

There will be additional opportunities for public input, at upcoming advisory committee meetings and when the draft plan is developed.

The department is revising management plans for its 33 wildlife areas to reflect current conditions and identify new priorities and initiatives, Fox said. WDFW also is updating the management plans for Snoqualmie Wildlife Area in King and Snohomish counties and wildlife areas in the Blue Mountains region in southeast Washington. 

For more information on the wildlife area planning process, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/management_plans/