Olympia, WA – The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife have cancelled in-person open houses on wolf post-recovery plans and will replace them with online webinars this fall.
In a release, the department says that the webinars will be interactive and are going to be scheduled in September and October.
They say that the open houses were canceled following response from the public,
The open houses were scheduled to discuss scoping related to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process that will be used to develop a post-recovery plan.
The department states they will hold three live webinars where participants can receive information, ask questions, and learn how to provide input.
The dates for these digital open houses will be announced soon.
The public scoping comment period will remain open until Nov. 1 and WDFW is encouraging anyone interested to provide input on the scope of the future wolf plan. The Department is accepting comments via online survey and in writing.
Washington’s wolf population has been growing since 2008. WDFW proposes to develop a post-recovery conservation and management plan to guide long-term wolf conservation and management under state authority.
More information and the survey on wolf post-recovery planning can be found at https://wdfw.wa.gov/species-habitats/at-risk/species-recovery/gray-wolf/post-recovery-planning. Live webinar dates will be posted there as soon as they are announced.
Written comments can be mailed to WDFW – Wolf Post-Recovery Plan Scoping, PO Box 43200, Olympia WA 98504-3200.