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Field Reports: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Considers Rule to Ban Unauthorized Road and Trail Construction

By meerna Jul11,2024
Field Reports: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Considers Rule to Ban Unauthorized Road and Trail Construction

Proposed legislation would make it illegal to create unauthorized roads and trails on certain state lands.

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting public comments on a proposed rule that would prohibit the construction of unauthorized trails, roads and structures on lands managed by the agency.

The act also prohibits changing or maintaining existing routes without permission from WDFW.

The agency said in a news release that user-built trails and roads harm animal habitats, impede their movement and can pose a risk to public safety.

Heide Andersen, WDFW recreation planner, said in a statement that the proposal is a response to growing pressure on WDFW lands.

“The rise in trail-based recreation is driven by a desire for new experiences and challenges, expansion into less-visited areas, and even just faster routes from point A to point B,” Andersen said. “When users create or build new trails, the negative impacts on resources and other visitors can be long-lasting and, in some cases, irreversible.”

The proposed regulations are similar to regulations used by the U.S. Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.

Public comments on this rule will be accepted through August 15. Comments may be submitted online, by email to [email protected], or by calling 855-925-2801 and entering project code 8413. Comments may also be mailed to Wildlife Program at PO box 43200, Olympia, Washington, 98504.

Documents detailing the proposed rules are available on the WDFW SEPA website.

Washington opens public comment on beaver relocation program

Washington state wildlife officials are working to create a program that would allow people to relocate beavers that come into conflict with humans instead of killing them.

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife announced its proposal would create a program that would allow “qualified persons” to relocate beavers. The regulations would specify which beavers can be relocated, as well as requirements for permit holders at relocations and release sites.

A copy of the proposal is on the WDFW website. Public comments will be accepted until August 9.

Comments may be submitted online, by email to [email protected], or by calling 855-925-2801 and quoting project code 7085. Written comments may be mailed to the Wildlife Program at PO box 43200, Olympia, Washington, 98504.

“Birds and Beers” event scheduled for July 20

Attend an event hosted by the Spokane Audubon Society and Wildland Cooperative in Greenbluff where you can observe and learn more about birds.

According to a press release, the event is scheduled for July 20, beginning at 4 p.m. at Wildland’s Farm Market and Taphouse at 8022 East Greenbluff Road.

After short birding walks, there will be a meet-and-greet with drinks and a birding quiz until 7:00 p.m. Wildland will donate $1 from every pint sold to Audubon Save-A-Bird.

Audubon’s press release said the event is suitable for families and birders of all levels, but space is limited.

Participants are asked to register by July 18 on the Spokane Audubon Society website.

By meerna

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