WDFW Begins Planning Process for 17,000 Acres

Bonnie Johnson - Wednesday, March 27, 2019
WDFW Begins Planning Process for 17,000 Acres

The WDFW is seeking public input on how to move forward with 17,000 acres of land distributed between Skagit, Snohomish, Island and San Juan counties. A public open house is to be held March 28th to kick off the planning process. Several open houses will be held throughout the course of the next year.

Of the 17,000 acres, 12,000 are located in Skagit county, and consist of wetlands, natural areas managed which are managed for the shelter of sensitive species, estuary and agricultural habitat. The WDFW is revising management plans for each of it’s thirty-three wildlife areas, and this meeting will focus on management planning for the entire area, not just specific actions in defined areas.

“At the upcoming open house, the public will be able to talk to individual WDFW staff memembers about wildlife area history, current management, recreational activities, and the planning process,” said Belinda Rotton, wildlife manager, speaking on behalf of the WDFW. The plan they’re hoping to begin shaping will propose actions for the management of the wildlife area for the next decade.

“We want to hear from the public about how people use this area and what recreation and natural resource values are important to them. We’re also looking for interested citizens to sit on the wildlife advisory committee.”

Ideally, those advisors will represent all diverse interests from “wildlife area neighbors, the agricultural community and carious recreational user groups such as wildlife watchers and hunters.”

The open house is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on March 28th at the Padilla Bay Visitor Center in Mount Vernon. Stations will be set up and displayed to showcase each of the properties to all of the participants.


Lowell Leonard J. Martin Everett High School ChildStrive Arlington Elders Nascar ronald mcdonald house Mayor Cassie Franklin Marysville Fire Department Kla Ha Ya Days Everett Historic Theatre Washington State University Edmonds Marysville Legion Park country music Gabe Maggio Granite Falls Batman Maury Eskenazi WW2 Lake Stevens Darrington Casino Road Initiative Snohomish County PUD Lakewood La Conner polygraph Everett Sky Valley Boating Season Carl Gibson Senior Center Arts Everett Fire Department KRKO Interview Everett Community College Ferndale Tim Hunter Cascade Bicycle Club Students Skagit County News Highway 2 Trestle Everett Naval Base Everett Library Everett Jets FC Pioneer Place Lynnwood Cassie Franklin DUI Show Snohomish Jet City Weather Startup Beer and wine fire Ana Perdomo Marysville Pilchuck USO Legion Mount Vernon Tankfest History Nathan Senff racing USS Sampson Gym WSDOT Habitat for Humanity biking Bayside Bikes Olympics Rotary of Port Pardner Boeing skagit Funko Lineup Navy Marvel Snohomish County News Legion Bluff Glacier Peak Team USA Rotary of Port Gardner Compass Health Building Communities of Hope Everett News Monte Cristo Health Kayla Lemmon Jacob Hilkin Memorial Day Paine Field Aviation Day auction Girls on the Run Snohomish rodeo Grand Opening Ellensburg rodeo Everett Metro Plan Paine Field Everett Transit Broadway Dagmar's Marina Boating Coastal Community Bank IPO Rucker band soccer wildlife JJ Harrison Popcorn in the Park Rotary of Arlington DC Stanwood Monroe Everett Police Department USS Ralph Johnson Paws With Cause Archery Flying Heritage Silver Lake, Washington Smoke alarms Everett PD Recruitment Jim Creek Marysville Getchell Bethany community Harry Potter