The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state to determine whether each species warrants its current listing or deserves to be delisted or reclassified.
State wildlife managers begin the review process by seeking information and data from the public, including non-governmental groups, universities, private researchers and naturalists, on each species. The public input period typically lasts one year.
WDFW uses the public information to update the status of each species and make a recommendation about the species' listing classification. Wildlife managers then solicit public comment on the draft status reviews for at least 90 days. WDFW staff ultimately present their recommendations to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor, at a public hearing.
Awaiting commission action
The commission will make a determination on the listing classification of the species listed below. Check the commission webpage for public hearing dates and locations.
- None available at this time
Draft status reviews available for public review
DRAFT Periodic Status Review for the Western Gray Squirrel (2023)
DRAFT Periodic Status Review for the Columbian White-tailed Deer (2022)
DRAFT Revised Recovery Plan and Periodic Status Review for the Snowy Plover (2022)
DRAFT Periodic Status Review for the American White Pelican (2022)
Tentative schedule to present findings to the Fish and Wildlife Commission
|Northern Spotted Owl||2023|
|Streaked Horned Lark||2023|
|Green & Loggerhead Sea Turtles||2023|
|Leatherback Sea Turtle||2023|
|Yellow Billed Cuckoo||2023|
|Blue, Fin, Right, Sei, Sperm Whales||2023|
|Columbian Sharp Tailed Grouse||2023|
|Oregon Spotted Frog||2023|
|Western Gray Squirrel||2023|
|Western Pond Turtle||2023|