Priority Habitats and Species: Management recommendations

May 16, 2022 Update: Please note a correction made to the last paragraph on page 28 of Management Recommendations for Washington’s Priority Habitats: Shrubsteppe.  The same correction is also found in Site-specific Management: How to Avoid and Minimize Impacts of Development to Shrubsteppe,  which is a publication that summarizes Management Recommendations for Washington’s Priority Habitats: Shrubsteppe.


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) develops PHS management recommendations to align with the agency’s mission to preserve, protect, and perpetuate Washington’s diverse fish and wildlife with the goals of:

  • Stopping or reversing the decline of fish and wildlife, including state listed or candidate species.
  • Maintaining or enhancing the current structural attributes and ecological functions of habitat needed to support healthy populations.
  • Maintaining or enhancing populations of priority species within present and/or historical ranges.

The following is collection of recommendations and planning documents for managing projects with potential impact to priority habitat and species.

Landscape planning

Management recommendations for Washington's Priority Habitats

Riparian Ecosystems

Shrubsteppe Ecosystems

Oregon White Oak Woodlands Ecosystems

Management recommendations for Washington's Priority Species


Amphibians and Reptiles



Prior to the publication of species- and habitat-specific management recommendations, WDFW published a consolidated Management Recommendations for Washington's Priority Habitats and Species (1991). This reference is still applicable for those priority habitats and species which lack tailored management recommendations.

Other documents concerning Priority Habitats and Species

Aquatic Habitat Guidelines: A series of guidelines documents to facilitate the consistent application of best available science and best management practices for resources and habitat management, project design, construction, and operation in, near, or affecting aquatic systems.

Woodland Fish and Wildlife Project Publications: Publications in this series provide practical information on fish and wildlife management to private woodland owners and managers