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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


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October 23, 2017
Contact: Nicole Czarnomski (360) 906-6732

WDFW hosts public meeting to discuss plans to
provide fish habitat on the Shillapoo Wildlife Area

RIDGEFIELD - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public meeting Nov. 1 to solicit feedback on a proposed project to provide fish habitat at the Shillapoo Wildlife Area.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Nov. 1, at the WDFW Region 5 headquarters, located at 5525 S.11th St., Ridgefield.

The proposed project would reestablish a connection between floodplain wetlands and the Columbia River across the 1,000 acre South Unit of the Shillapoo Wildlife Area and Buckmire Slough. Funding for this project would be provided by Bonneville Power Administration.

"This project is part of an ongoing effort to encourage thriving salmon populations in the Columbia Basin," said Nicole Czarnomski, Lower Columbia River habitat program manager.

The Wildlife Area is located within the floodplain of the Columbia River in Clark County and is currently managed as habitat for wintering waterfowl. The proposed project would provide fish access while maintaining habitat for wildlife.

Goals of the project include:

  • Provide habitat for threatened and endangered fish, including salmon.
  • Continue to provide wetland habitat – minimizing impacts of the project to existing wetlands, waterfowl habitat, and otherthreatened and sensitive species (sandhill crane, Columbia white-tailed deer, dusky Canada geese).
  • Minimize flood risk to adjacent landowners with flood protection measures.
  • Maintain or improve existing hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreational opportunities.

Agency staff will provide a brief overview of the project, an update on the project's current status, and a proposed timeline. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in breakout groups to provide comment, convey concerns, discuss potential opportunities, and describe what they most value about the Wildlife Area.

Those unable to attend the Nov. 1 meeting can submit comments to Nicole Czarnomski at Nicole.Czarnomski@dfw.wa.gov.