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PostFri Aug 27, 2021 8:30 am 
Friday August 27, 2021 08:46 PDT WDFW NEWS RELEASE WDFW to use controlled burns on wildlife areas in Thurston County to restore prairie habitat OLYMPIA – Starting as soon as Monday, Aug. 30, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will conduct controlled burns to restore prairie habitat on two wildlife area units in Thurston County. The burns are weather dependent and scheduled for up to five days through mid-October at the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area Unit northeast of Rochester and the West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Area Unit northwest of Tenino. The areas targeted for burning are small, varying in size from one to 10 acres. “Portions of the wildlife areas may be closed during the burns, and people may see smoke from the fires for one to two hours after the burns,” said Darric Lowery, the wildlife area manager. “We will be working to minimize smoke impacts to homes and the surrounding community.” WDFW works cooperatively with Washington Department of Natural Resources, fire districts, and other partners, using professional fire crews experienced with successfully conducting controlled burns on public and private lands in the region. Lowery said the Department uses prescribed fire to maintain native grassland habitats, also known as prairies, and control invasive weeds before seeding and planting native species. Westside prairies are one of the rarest ecosystems in Washington, now reduced to less than 3% of their original area. They support a variety of rare plants and animals, including birds, mammals, and butterflies, some of which are listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. -WDFW-

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PostFri Aug 27, 2021 9:04 am 
From: Ski Sent: Friday, August 27, 2021 10:01 AM To: darric.lowery@dfw.wa.gov Cc: Kelly Susewind Subject: WDFW proposed controlled burns at Scatter Creek and West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Areas Mr. Darric Lowery, Wildlife Area Manager Mr. Kelly Susewind, Director, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife re: Controlled burns proposed at Scatter Creek and West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Areas Mr. Lowery: I fully support and encourage the continued controlled burning at all of the Scatter Creek units. We have visited the West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Area several times over the last few years, and I have made note of the extensive use of fire on the unit to restore the original ecosystem. The only way to meet your management objectives is to continue, as was done historically in the pre-Columbian era, to assure that the prairie areas are kept open and invasive species of flora are kept at bay. Anybody who has any questions about my statement above should take a look at my email to your own Staci Lehman (from last April) concerning a proposal to do some controlled burning over in eastern Washington: https://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1208611#1208611 No reason for me to type all that out again – just scroll down a bit. The “anti-burn” crowd is simply poorly informed where it concerns the historical management of the north American continent by its original inhabitants. Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

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PostFri Sep 10, 2021 4:27 pm 
Friday September 10, 2021 17:06 PDT WDFW NEWS RELEASE WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington will reopen to overnight use Sep. 16 with BURN BAN STILL IN EFFECT SPOKANE – In response to decreased fire risk and cooler temperatures, wildlife areas managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will reopen to overnight use starting Thursday, Sep. 16. The only wildlife area in Eastern Washington that remains closed until further notice is the Oak Creek Wildlife Area Unit due to the active Schneider Springs Fire. Access to campgrounds in the Methow Unit of the Methow Wildlife Area will reopen on Friday, Sep. 17 when the U.S. Forest Service plans to reopen East and West Chewuch roads. “We’re excited to reopen WDFW-managed lands in Eastern Washington to overnight use in advance of most hunting seasons,” said Cynthia Wilkerson, Lands Division Manager for WDFW. “This has been another bad fire year, and we have appreciated the public’s help protecting wildlife habitat and public safety. We are lifting restrictions on camping in many areas, but there is still a risk of wildfire, and we urge people to obey burn bans and take proper precautions.” An emergency order issued in late June is still in effect and enforced on WDFW-managed lands east of the Cascades through the end of September. The order prohibits: - Fires or campfires, including those in fire rings. Personal camp stoves and lanterns fueled by propane, liquid petroleum, or liquid petroleum gas are allowed. - Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle. - The discharge of firearms for target-shooting or other purposes by anyone not engaged in lawful hunting. - Welding and operating chainsaws, including the use of an acetylene torch or other open flame. - Operating a motor vehicle away from developed roads. Parking is permitted within designated parking areas, including developed campgrounds and trailheads; and in areas without vegetation that are within 10 feet of roadways. - Members of the public engaged in these high-risk activities will be ticketed as WDFW enforcement officers will be applying a zero-tolerance approach. For more information on wildfire prevention and to plan your trip to a WDFW wildlife or water access area, visit WDFW's website. For the latest information on fires in Washington, visit the Department of Natural Resources Fire Dashboard -WDFW- (* emphasis added *)

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Tuesday September 14, 2021 16:39 PDT WDFW NEWS RELEASE WDFW seeks public input on draft South Puget Sound Wildlife Area Management Plan OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is soliciting public input on a draft management plan for the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area https://wdfw.wa.gov/places-to-go/wildlife-areas/south-puget-sound-wildlife-area , which encompasses 5,790 acres spread across Mason, Kitsap, Pierce, and Thurston counties in eight units. “This plan will guide our management and budgeting decisions for the wildlife area, which provides important habitat for fish and wildlife as well as recreation opportunities for people,” said Lauri Vigue, environmental planner for WDFW. “We greatly appreciate and value input from neighbors, partners, and wildlife area visitors. Public feedback helps us develop a more relevant and achievable plan to make the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area better for wildlife and the community.” The draft management plan is undergoing a 30-day State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) public comment period and is available on WDFW’s website under “Management Planning” at https://wdfw.wa.gov/places-to-go/wildlife-areas/south-puget-sound-wildlife-area. People can provide feedback on the draft plan by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 on WDFW’s website at wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/environmental/sepa/open-comments, by email (SEPADesk2@dfw.wa.gov), or by mail to Lisa Wood, SEPA/NEPA Coordinator, WDFW Habitat Program, Protection Division, P.O. Box 43200, Olympia, WA 98504. WDFW will host an online public meeting https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html to review the draft plan on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. using Microsoft Teams. People can also call in for audio only. Refer to the event on WDFW’s calendar https://wdfw.wa.gov/get-involved/calendar/event/online-public-meeting-south-puget-sound-wildlife-area-management-plan for more details. Periodically, WDFW goes through a process to revise management plans for each of its 33 wildlife areas to document current conditions, address new Department initiatives, and identify new management priorities and actions. In between those major revisions, WDFW updates plans every couple of years to outline short-term objectives and accomplishments. The last plan update for the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area occurred in 2017. Vigue said the draft management plan was developed with the help of the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area Advisory Committee https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/sps-waac , a diverse group of local partners and community members interested in conservation and outdoor recreation. The South Puget Sound Wildlife Area supports many prairie, estuary, and wetland dependent species, as well as a variety of other wildlife and native fish populations, some of which are federally endangered. Each of the eight units provides habitat for many common species found throughout Western Washington, such as deer, elk, river otters, marine birds, marine mammals, shorebirds, waterfowl, and a variety of song birds. The South Puget Sound Wildlife Area provides public access to the outdoors, including fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching opportunities, and offers unique facilities that serve diverse and growing human populations. The Nisqually Reach Nature Center http://nisquallyestuary.org/ partners with WDFW and operates a facility on the Nisqually Unit https://wdfw.wa.gov/places-to-go/wildlife-areas/nisqually-wildlife-area-unit that has offered education and outreach opportunities for more than 35 years. Another WDFW partner, The Salmon Center https://www.pnwsalmoncenter.org/ , offers similar outreach and education opportunities at the Union River Unit https://wdfw.wa.gov/places-to-go/wildlife-areas/union-river-wildlife-area-unit located in Belfair. All members of the public are invited to share their diverse perspectives and participate in WDFW public feedback opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, language proficiency, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, or basis of disability. Automated technology-based translation assistance is available through the Department’s web, virtual meeting, and online public feedback processes. To support equal access, staff are also available to arrange free and timely assistance when needed and notified. Learn more on the WDFW website, by calling 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or emailing Title6@dfw.wa.gov. WDFW manages more than a million acres of land and hundreds of water access areas throughout the state. By actively managing lands, restoring habitats, and preserving wild places, the Department serves as stewards for Washington’s natural places, protecting the state’s land and water for its human and wildlife populations. -WDFW-

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PostMon Sep 20, 2021 12:40 pm 
Monday September 20, 2021 13:37 PDT WDFW NEWS RELEASE Bat-killing fungus that causes white-nose syndrome continues to spread in Washington with recent detections in Chelan, Mason, and Yakima counties OLYMPIA – An invasive fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, an often-fatal disease of hibernating bats, continues to spread in Washington. During spring and summer field work this year, scientists with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), in partnership and with funding from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), detected the fungus or disease in at least three additional counties in the state. “These recent confirmations of white-nose syndrome and the causative fungus in new areas of Washington are very concerning, as they provide evidence that the disease is spreading,” said Abby Tobin, white-nose syndrome coordinator for WDFW. “This eventually may lead to population declines in several bat species that are vulnerable to white-nose syndrome.” White-nose syndrome is harmful to hibernating bats, but does not affect humans, livestock, or other wildlife. The disease is caused by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans, which attacks the skin of hibernating bats and damages their delicate wings, making it difficult to fly. Infected bats often leave hibernation too early, which causes them to deplete their fat reserves and become dehydrated or starve to death. Washington is home to 15 bat species that are important predators of night-flying insects. These bats benefit humans by eating tons of insects that can negatively affect forest health, commercial crops, and human health and well-being. In March 2016, the first case of white-nose syndrome in the western U.S. was confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) in King County. Since then, WDFW has confirmed over 100 cases of the disease in at least four bat species in the state. WDFW has confirmed white-nose syndrome in King, Chelan, Kittitas, and Pierce counties. In addition, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome has been detected in Lewis, Mason, Snohomish, and Yakima counties. A map showing fungus and white-nose syndrome detections in Washington is available online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/bats. Summary of 2021 white-nose syndrome or fungus detections Chelan County: The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome was first detected in Chelan County in May 2020 from bat guano (feces). In April 2021, a local resident reported a dead bat to WDFW found near Malaga, WA. Biologists observed signs suggestive of white-nose syndrome infection when collecting the bat. With funding support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, additional testing at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center confirmed the bat had white-nose syndrome. The bat species was either a Yuma myotis (Myotis yumanensis) or little brown bat, two common bat species that are visually hard to tell apart. Mason County: During routine bat monitoring work in summer 2021, WDFW scientists coordinated with USFS personnel to collect swab samples from a group of bats on USFS property and noticed a big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) with clinical signs suggestive of white-nose syndrome. WDFW sent samples to the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine for testing. While the laboratory test results were inconclusive, the observed clinical signs lead researchers to suspect the bat had white-nose syndrome. Yakima County: In coordination with USFS personnel, WDFW scientists collected guano samples in late spring 2021 from a bat colony showing no obvious signs of disease on USFS property near Rimrock Lake. Testing at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center confirmed the presence of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome. The bat genus was Myotis, but the specific species is unknown. How to help WDFW urges people to not handle wild animals, especially if they appear sick or are found dead. If you find sick/dead bats, groups of bats, or notice bats acting strangely, such as flying outside during the day in winter or spring, please report your sighting online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/bats or call WDFW at 360-902-2515. Even though the fungus is primarily spread from bat-to-bat contact, humans can unintentionally spread it as well. People can carry fungal spores on clothing, shoes, or recreation equipment that touches the fungus. To learn more about the disease and the national white-nose syndrome response, and to get the most updated decontamination protocols and other guidance documents, visit www.whitenosesyndrome.org. For more information on Washington bats, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/living/species-facts/bats. Monitoring the spread of white-nose syndrome WDFW collaborates with partners, including the USFS, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington State Department of Health, wildlife rehabilitators, and others to collect samples from bats and the areas where they live around the state. This proactive surveillance work helps scientists detect the presence of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome and track its spread. WDFW works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. -WDFW-

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PostMon Sep 20, 2021 5:20 pm 
Monday September 20, 2021 16:25 PDT WDFW NEWS RELEASE WDFW plans controlled burns, dependent on conditions, on Eastern Washington wildlife areas SPOKANE- Annual prescribed fires on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) lands in Eastern Washington are scheduled to start in October, as conditions allow. Prescribed fires, a WDFW forest management practice, on WDFW wildlife areas reduce the risk of future wildfires, reduce the severity of wildfires when they do happen, and improve habitat for wildlife. With WDFW lands often located in critical mid-elevation locations close to communities, prescribed fire is particularly important to both protect wildlife habitat and public safety. It can be startling to see however. “We understand that, coming out of such a severe fire season, seeing smoke or flames may raise attention, questions, and concerns for members of the public,” said WDFW prescribed fire manager Matt Eberlein. “Prescribed fires are monitored continuously until out, with public safety being a primary concern.” Eberlein manages two prescribed fire teams that include five full-time foresters and 18 burn-team members. These teams conduct prescribed fires every spring and fall, as appropriate, on the one million acres of public lands that WDFW manages statewide.While the results of prescribed burning include increased public safety, a more fire resilient landscape, and an improved experience for those who use public lands, we understand these fires can be an inconvenience while they are underway, particularly during hunting seasons. Unfortunately, there is a small window of time when prescribed burns can be conducted when the weather is cool but not too wet. “The areas slated for prescribed fire in Eastern Washington encompass portions of wildlife areas, leaving hundreds of thousands more acres available for public access,” said Eberlein. “In the long-term, the work will preserve ecosystems and enable people to continue using public lands.” With funding from the state’s 2021-2023 Capital Budget and grants, WDFW is planning to treat approximately 700 acres of Eastern Washington wildlife areas with prescribed fire by the end of 2021. Fires in the following areas will begin in October: Colockum Wildlife Area, Lilly Lake, 250 acres in Chelan County, 15 miles southeast of Wenatchee Methow Wildlife Area, Ramsey Creek, 248 acres in Okanogan County, 10 miles northeast of Winthrop Oak Creek Wildlife Area, Cougar Canyon, 120 acres in Yakima County, 10 miles west of Naches Oak Creek Wildlife Area, Oak Creek drainage, 90 acres in Yakima County, 15 miles west of Naches Due to changing weather conditions, some of the burns may not occur. Additional burns on WDFW-managed eastern Washington lands could be announced if conditions allow. Signs are posted in advance of all prescribed fires to inform recreationists, but smoke and visibility can still be an issue. “We work to minimize smoke but please watch for fire personnel or equipment and slow down if you experience reduced visibility while driving,” Eberlein said. -WDFW-

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PostWed Sep 22, 2021 10:20 am 
September 22, 2021 10:24 PDT WDFW NEWS RELEASE State seeks public input to inform conservation and rebuilding of Puget Sound Chinook Comments accepted online through Oct. 22 OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is looking for public feedback on a scoping document to inform actions to conserve and rebuild Puget Sound Chinook salmon. “We recognize the vast community of people invested in the conservation and restoration of Puget Sound Chinook salmon,” said Kyle Adicks, WDFW intergovernmental salmon manager. “It’s important that we have the right information in hand as we work to improve habitat protection, accelerate habitat restoration, and update with tribal co-managers a long-term fishery management plan for Puget Sound Chinook salmon.” The Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office’s 2020 State of Salmon in Watersheds report categorized Puget Sound Chinook Salmon as “in crisis” https://stateofsalmon.wa.gov/executive-summary/salmon-status/ due to the gap between the number of spawners and recovery goals, the slow progress in closing that gap, and the limited likelihood of progress in the near future. WDFW’s scoping document provides information about fisheries management, tribal treaties, habitat protection, the Puget Sound Chinook Recovery Plan, coastwide fishery management forums, requirements for Endangered Species Act coverage, watershed specific information on habitat and Chinook salmon and Southern Resident killer whale recovery. Members of the public can review the scoping document https://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/02285 and provide their feedback online at publicinput.com/Q4343 https://publicinput.com/Q4343 Public comment will be accepted through Oct. 22. -WDFW-

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PostThu Jan 20, 2022 7:38 am 
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PostThu Jan 20, 2022 7:59 am 
Here is an overview of the situation in the Blue Mountains: https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/02164/wdfw02164.pdf Obviously something is out of balance, but it is not clear what that is. Killing off a few mountain lions is unlikely to change the dynamic. Consider: 1. The decline in the population over the last few decades has been attributed to lower fertility in the cows. There seem to be nutrition problems. 2. Cow elk with calves will stay far from any roads, which tends to cause them to be concentrated in certain areas. Those areas may lack the cover that they need. This is the most likely cause of high cougar population density. 3. In the past, once cow/calf pairs joined with larger herds in the summer, calf predation fell precipitously. Now, antlered bulls are almost gone from the range and most of the bulls are yearlings, so there is less protection for the calves. 4. Mountain lions make their living harvesting deer. If deer are overhunted, cougars turn to elk more frequently. From the WDFW study: "The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife implemented an elk nutrition and predation study in 2002 in the Wenaha and Sled Springs units of Oregon, directly south of Washington’s GMUs 169 and 172. A total of 460 calf elk were radio collared. During the study 214 of the 232 documented mortalities were attributed to predators: 169 were killed by cougars (75%), 33 by bears (15%), 2 by coyotes, 1 by a bobcat, and 9 were killed by unidentified predators. Of the remaining mortalities, 6 were classified as human-caused, 4 as disease and/or abandonment, and 8 as unknown. Birth date was a major factor in calf survival, with earlier-born calves having higher survival rates than later-born calves. The data indicated that predation by cougars limited recruitment of elk calves; the authors predicted that calf recruitment would increase if cougar populations were reduced. However, they suggested that the high predation rates observed may mask nutritional limitations, and predation may be at least partially compensatory, meaning calf recruitment may also be constrained by inability of habitat to meet nutritional requirements of calves prior to winter (Johnson et al. 2011)."

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PostThu Jan 20, 2022 9:52 am 
The fact that there was such a high number of collared calves killed by cougars pretty much stands alone no matter how you want to twist it. Lower fertility in the cows can also be caused from predator stress. Mountain lions will harvest whatever prey they can weather it be deer, elk, moose, sheep whatever they prey is where they live. Usually targeting the young and most vulnerable. It's survival of the fittest.

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Friday April 22, 2022 16:51 PDT WDFW NEWS RELEASE WDFW, DNR seek public feedback on electric-assist biking on state-managed lands Public invited to attend May 12 and 18 virtual public meetings, complete online public survey OLYMPIA – The Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Natural Resources (DNR) are seeking public input on electric-assist bicycling, or e-biking, on WDFW and DNR-managed lands as part of a process directed by Senate Bill 5452, a bill that passed the state Legislature in 2021. Members of the public are invited to two virtual public meetings scheduled for 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 12, and 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 18. The departments are also taking public feedback through an online public survey, available in English and Spanish, through Friday, July 15. WDFW and DNR will report findings from this process in a report to the Legislature by Sept. 30, 2022. These findings will inform future processes for local decision making about the use of e-bikes on WDFW and DNR-managed lands. “E-bikes are increasingly popular in Washington state and across the country,” said Heide Andersen, WDFW recreation planner. “Public input and research on best practices will guide how we manage e-biking on state-managed lands while protecting wildlife, habitat, cultural, and tribal resources.” “DNR is working in close collaboration with our partners at WDFW to ensure our e-bike policies are closely aligned and consistent. DNR values public input on e-bikes and will use public comments to craft common sense polices that enrich recreational opportunities for all public land users,” said Andrea Martin, Statewide Recreation Manager for DNR. DNR and WDFW currently allow e-biking on roads and trails open to motorized vehicles. Visitors carrying a valid Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) parking placard for their vehicles can use class 1 and 2 e-bikes on all trails and roads where bikes are allowed. More information about the different e-bike classes is available on the land managers’ websites. For more information about this e-bike process, details to join the May 12 and May 18 virtual meetings, and to complete the online public survey, visit wdfw.wa.gov/ebikes or dnr.wa.gov/ebikes. Members of the public who have limited or no internet connections may call the Wildlife Program Customer Service Desk at 360-902-2515 to request a print version of the survey. Written comments may be mailed to: Wildlife Program Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife PO Box 43200 Olympia, WA 98504 - WDFW -

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PostSat Apr 23, 2022 1:09 pm 
Anne this is what I was referring to in the last message:
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I wrote this two years ago and it still rings true
https://www.skitalk.com/ams/an-open-letter-to-all-mountain-bikers-why-cant-we-all-just-get-along.127/ no idea where EMBA is on this but would like to know. bk

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Tuesday June 14, 2022 16:41 PDT Flag Day WDFW NEWS RELEASE Commission decides on land transaction, crossbow petition; receives legislative and budget updates OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday approved a land transaction in Eastern Washington, denied a petition to allow seniors to use crossbows during the general archery season, and heard updates on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) legislative and budget priorities for 2023. The Commission approved the acquisition of a 129-acre property from the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on Martha Lake in western Grant County. WDFW currently leases the property from WSDOT and manages it as a water access area and popular ADA-accessible fishing destination. The Commission then denied a petition to initiate rule making that considers allowing hunters age 65 and older to use a crossbow during deer and elk archery seasons. WDFW will consider the request during the next cycle of its normal three-year hunting season-setting process, which begins next spring. Commissioners also received an update on WDFW’s legislative and budget priorities for the 2023 Washington state legislative session. Potential legislative requests in 2023 could include requiring recreational fishing licenses for several species that don’t currently require a license -- including freshwater smelt, crawfish, and carp -- and expanded authority to enforce chronic wasting disease sampling in the state. Among other items, budget requests in 2023 could include funding to equip WDFW Enforcement officers with body cameras to improve transparency and safety for the public and officers; reduce the agency’s carbon footprint and climate impacts; and a $46.5 million package that would support recovery work for many species across Washington, including western pond turtles, forage fish, pygmy rabbits, and many others. Notable capital budget requests include $98 million for improvements at more than a dozen WDFW hatcheries, and $41 million for construction costs related to the Duckabush Estuary restoration project. The Commission is expected to make a decision on potential budget requests in August. The Commission’s Fish Committee also met Friday to discuss potential policy alternatives as part of its continued review of the Willapa Bay Salmon Management policy. To view a recording of the meeting as well as presentations or other meeting materials, as well as information about upcoming Commission meetings, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/commission/meetings. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is a panel appointed by the governor that sets policy for the WDFW. WDFW works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. -WDFW- (* emphasis added *) When you look really closely, all mirrors look like eyeballs.

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