Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Plans Recreation Future
WDFW wants to hear from you as they plan their multi-year initiative, "Washington's Wild Future: A Partnership for Fish and Wildlife."
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife needs to hear from you as it plans for new recreation opportunities for hikers and other outdoors enthusiasts.
Recreationists have been asked to share their views as part of WDFW's multi-year initiative, "Washington's Wild Future: A Partnership for Fish and Wildlife." Through the program, the department hopes to ensure WDFW programs and services reflect the needs of outdoor enthusiasts.
"Since I joined WDFW, I have been asking people, 'If you could tell the director of Fish and Wildlife one thing, what would you say?'" said Director Jim Unsworth, who was hired to lead the agency in January. "This is a great opportunity for people across the state to do just that. I want to hear about what we are doing right, where we need to improve, and where we should focus our efforts and our funding over the next five to 10 to 20 years."
Hiking with wildlife
As one of its primary duties, the department manages Washington state's 33 wildlife refuges. Refuges like the Skagit, L.T. Murray, and Oak Creek Wildlife Areas offering abundant opportunities for hikers to enjoy time on trail while observing birds, elk, otters and other wildlife that make their homes in the area.
Hikers are encouraged to give their input so that WDFW can accurately respond to the needs of all recreationits. Meetings will take place on the following dates from 6 to 8pm:
- Sept. 10 - Selah Civic Center, 216 1st St., Selah.
- Sept. 30 - Center Place, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.
- Oct. 6 - WDFW Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd, Mill Creek.
- Oct. 8 - Saint Martin's University, Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey.
- Oct. 14 - Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver.
- Oct. 20 - Port of Chelan County Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee.
Need help deciding what to say? Consider answering one of the following questions:
- What has your experience been like hiking in wildlife refuges and other WDFW-managed lands?
- How would you like to recreate on WDFW-managed lands in the future?
- What could improve the experience of future hikers visiting these places in Washington?
Later this year, the department will release a summary of the comments to the public. According to a press release from the department, "The information will be used to help identify potential changes in WDFW's operations and services, and to develop future policy, budget and fee proposals."