Wildlife Area Management Planning Framework

Category: Wildlife Area Management

Published: May 2016

Pages: 52



The mission of WDFW is to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. WDFW's vision is conservation of Washington's fish and wildlife resources and ecosystems, where conservation is defined as: protection, preservation, management, or restoration of natural environments and the ecological communities that inhabit them. Conservation includes management of human use for public benefit and sustainable social and economic needs.

Purpose of the Framework

WDFW manages approximately 1 million acres of land across the state as WLAs, to provide fish and wildlife habitat and maintain recreational opportunities for the citizens of Washington. WDFW is in the process of developing new management plans for all 33 WLAs, which is done every 8-10 years. This document provides the framework for statewide WLA management and summarizes the statutory, regulatory, and funding requirements that must be followed when managing them. It includes internal guidance for integrating multiple management initiatives, including how WDFW addresses and prioritizes species, habitats and recreation. It also provides transparency to the public and interested stakeholders, and outlines how WDFW manages facilities and equipment in a cost effective manner. Development of each WLA plan will be guided by this document, will be consistent with the statewide WLA goals in this document, and will identify goals, objectives and performance measures specific to each area's unique resources and features.

The planning process has been developed to integrate the priorities of the following WDFW programs: Wildlife, Fish, Habitat and Enforcement. This multidisciplinary approach to WLA planning is new, and combines review from personnel working at headquarters in Olympia with resource specialists and decision-makers in each of WDFW's six regions.

The outcome will be integrated plans reflecting the priorities of WDFW programs through a process that: 1) facilitates dialogue regarding priority resource issues; 2) includes the participation of regional, headquarters and other technical resource staff, and 3) addresses potential conflicts between competing objectives and WDFW programs.

This document identifies the WDFW directives, guidance and requirements that guide management actions on WLA lands. It also describes how each of these will be addressed through the planning process, and what will be documented in each plan. Where applicable, links to web sites/publications are provided for more information.