WDFW Director holding online Q&A for Yakima, Kittitas, Benton, and Franklin county residents


Ben Anderson, 360-902-0045

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Fish and Wildlife and our work to serve the public. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are rescheduling tonight’s digital open house for a later date. We appreciate your understanding and hope that you join us when this event is rescheduled. When we have our new date scheduled, we will share that information by:

- Posting the event to our new website calendar
- Sending out an email announcement
- Sharing the date and time on Twitter
- Scheduling an event on Facebook

In the meantime, we invite you to learn more about what’s happening in this area by visiting our South Central Region webpage. Also feel free to send any urgent questions you may have for WDFW Director Kelly Susewind or South Central Regional Director Mike Livingston via email to director@dfw.wa.gov.

YAKIMA – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Director Kelly Susewind and his South Central Region Director, Mike Livingston, will take questions from the public in an online broadcast from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

“Our south central region is a popular area for hunting and fishing, and like other areas of the state, faces unique conservation challenges,” Susewind said. “This region is home to several major wildlife areas, which are a key part of our habitat and management strategies here. We want to hear what’s on the minds of residents and stakeholders during this digital open house."

This is the fourth digital open house held by the director on a regional level. WDFW’s south central region spans Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, and Yakima counties. Members of the public can watch and ask questions from links on the department’s website at wdfw.wa.gov or at https://player.invintus.com/?clientID=2836755451&eventID=2019101002.

Susewind and Livingston will share updates on a number of local and statewide issues, including land management and the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, habitat projects in the region, WDFW’s budget challenges, and the latest on the Yakima Elk Herd ahead of the modern firearm general season opener on Oct. 26.

Susewind has held a series of in-person and digital open houses across the state since 2018. These online open houses allow the public to ask questions and get updates on the department’s activities from their own homes. 

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and other recreation opportunities.

Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.