The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved five land transactions —

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved five land transactions

Tri City Herald News Services, May 10, 2008


COLVILLE -- The nine-member commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, approved the acquisitions for fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation in Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Skagit and Snohomish counties during its meeting last week. Parcels to be acquired with grants from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program are:

-- 1,079 acres of wetlands, streams and other diverse fish and wildlife habitat along the West Branch of the Little Spokane River, between Fan and Horseshoe lakes in southern Pend Oreille County.

-- 19.54 acres on Beaver Creek between Twisp and Winthrop in central Okanogan County to be managed within the Methow Wildlife Area for bull trout, songbirds, mule deer and more.

-- Two parcels of riparian forest and wetland habitat at the convergence of the north and south forks of the Skagit River, north of Conway in Skagit County.

A fifth parcel -- 808 acres of Deadwater Slough wetlands east of the Snohomish River and west of Ebey Slough near Everett in Snohomish County -- will be acquired with a National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grant and managed along with adjacent department property in the Ebey Island unit of the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area.

Fish and Wildlife seeks comment on game plan
The public has until May 30 to comment on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement recently issued for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's six-year game management plan.

The draft includes updates to the current plan, developed in 2003 to guide Fish and Wildlife's management of the state's game species.
Public comments on the draft will be used to prepare a final plan, which will be reviewed in August by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Once finalized and approved, Fish and Wildlife will incorporate changes into the new 2009-2015 plan.

The draft, which was developed after a public scoping period, addresses issues that have emerged since the original plan was approved six years ago, said Dave Ware, game division manager.

The draft and comment form are available online at www.wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/management/2009-2015.
Volunteers needed for campground hosts
The Department of Natural Resources seeks volunteers to serve as unpaid campground hosts.
Hosts conduct general campground maintenance and act as primary points of contact for campers. All hosts must complete CPR/first aid training and successfully pass a Washington State Patrol criminal background check.

For more information, call 360-902-1678, e-mail christine.redmond@dnr.wa.gov, or log on to www.dnr.wa.gov.

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