Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin Wildlife Areas Management Plan


Published: November 2016

Pages: 204


Under state law, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is charged with "preserving, protecting and perpetuating" the state's fish and wildlife species, while also providing sustainable recreational opportunities that are compatible with fish and wildlife stewardship. Today, WDFW owns or manages nearly one million acres in 33 wildlife areas across the state, whose diversity includes nearly all species and habitats present in the state. With the loss of natural habitat posing the single greatest threat to native fish and wildlife, these areas play a critical conservation role. The wildlife area management plan addresses all aspects of resource management, and aligns with statewide conservation goals.

The Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin Wildlife Areas Management Plan was developed by an interdisciplinary team of WDFW staff and with significant public involvement. This included input from the local stakeholder-based Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin Wildlife Area Advisory Committee (WAAC), input from Okanogan County and other public agencies, and input from other interested citizens gathered from two public meetings.