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May 17, 2016
Contact: Susan Van Leuven, (509) 773-4459

WDFW seeks comments on management plan
for Klickitat Wildlife Area

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments on a draft management plan for the Klickitat Wildlife Area in south central Washington.

WDFW also will host a public meeting next month to discuss the plan. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., June 13, at the Klickitat PUD, 1313 S. Columbus Ave., Goldendale.

The draft plan covers seven separate wildlife area units and nearly 16,000 acres in Klickitat County. Over the past year, WDFW staff has worked with a citizen-based advisory group to develop a draft management plan that addresses the status of wildlife species and their habitat, forest management, restoration efforts and public recreation on the wildlife area.

"Wildlife areas are public lands, so it is critical for us to have public input to inform management," said Clay Sprague, WDFW lands division manager.

The plan is now available for review on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/management_plans/klickitat/

The public can submit comments online through June 17 at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/sepa/sepa_comment_docs.html. Comments can also be submitted at the June 13 meeting.

The public comment period will be conducted under the State Environmental Policy Act, which is designed to ensure that Washington citizens can participate in governmental decisions that could affect the environment.

The department is revising management plans for the state's 33 wildlife areas to reflect current conditions and identify new priorities. WDFW is currently updating plans for Oak Creek Wildlife Area in Yakima County, Snoqualmie Wildlife Area in King and Snohomish counties, and Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek wildlife areas in Okanogan County.