The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop Feb. 13 to kick off a planning process for the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area, which encompasses portions of the unique South Sound prairies.
The wildlife area consists of six separate units that cover roughly 3,592 acres in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties.
The workshop is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 13, at Swede Hall, 18543 Albany St. SW, Rochester.
The plan will propose actions for the management of the wildlife area over the next 10 years. This includes efforts to protect wildlife species and their habitat and enhance recreational opportunities where appropriate, said Darric Lowery, wildlife area manager.
At the upcoming meeting, WDFW staff members will review the wildlife area’s history, discuss the planning process, and ask for public comments, Lowery said.
“We want to hear from the public about how people use this area as well as what recreation and natural resource values are important to them,” he said.
WDFW staff will work on the plan with the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area advisory committee, made up of citizens, neighbors, and other stakeholders.
Lowery said the public will also have opportunities to comment at upcoming advisory committee meetings and when the draft plan is developed.
Information on the wildlife area’s six units is available on WDFW’s website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/scatter_creek/.
The department is revising management plans for all of its 33 wildlife areas to reflect current conditions and identify new priorities and initiatives.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW manages more than 1 million acres of public land across the state that is designated for wildlife habitat and public recreation.