WDFW launches strategy to manage recreation on WDFW lands

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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 introduced to help WDFW respond to the increasing demand for access, making land more welcoming to outside visitors and protecting critical resources.

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

WDFW has six initiatives in its plan — recreation planning, education and engagement, use and impact monitoring, rulemaking, travel management, and capacity and funding. The strategy has a commitment with the implementation of the Washington Hunting and Angling Recruitment, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) Plan. This would help hunters and anglers both on and off WDFW lands, while welcoming new visitors at the same time.

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

You can look at the whole strategy HERE

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