Commission approves forest management projects, hears update on recommendations for Southern Resident killer whale vessel regulations at January meeting   

News release

Contact: Commission office, 360-902-2267

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission met virtually today to consider proposed forest management projects and discuss a recent Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) process that evaluated regulations to reduce vessel impacts on endangered Southern Resident killer whales. 

Commissioners approved two proposed forest restoration projects that include forest restoration thinning of 588 acres on the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area and 464 acres on the Methow Wildlife Area. More information is available within the meeting agenda

Commissioners also received a briefing on adaptive management of rules and regulations aimed at reducing vessel impacts on Southern Resident Killer Whales and discussed future meeting planning.  

The meeting was recorded so members of the public who missed it can watch at their convenience. The recording, as well as information about past and future Commission meetings and ways to participate, can be found at WDFW’s website.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is a panel appointed by the governor that sets policy for the WDFW. WDFW works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.