WDFW launches technique to handle recreation on WDFW lands

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Aug 8, 2022 12:20 p.m

Posted Aug 8, 2022 12:20pm

Updated August 8, 2022 12:24 p.m

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a 10-year strategy to manage outdoor recreation on 1 million acres of WDFW land.

The strategy was put in place to help WDFW respond to increasing demand for access, make land more welcoming to outside visitors, and protect critical assets.

“Enthusiasm for outdoor recreation reached new heights during the pandemic, and we expect the pace to continue in the years to come,” said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. “This strategy will allow us to continue welcoming people to these beautiful places while reducing the impact on natural, cultural and indigenous resources.”

WDFW has six initiatives in its plan – recovery planning, education and engagement, use and impact monitoring, rulemaking, travel management, and capacity and funding. The strategy commits to implementing the Washington Hunting and Angling Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Plan (R3). This would benefit hunters and anglers both on and off WDFW areas while also welcoming new visitors.

“This strategy is ambitious and a major step forward in envisioning a more inclusive and sustainable future for outdoor recreation on WDFW managed lands,” said Cynthia Wilkerson, WDFW Lands Division Manager. “We appreciate everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and ideas with us during this process. We also look forward to continued engagement throughout implementation to provide the support needed to build our capacity for success.”

You can check out the entire strategy HERE

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