State developing management plan for Klickitat Wildlife Area

The state wants to develop a new management plan for the Klickitat Wildlife Area. The area covers almost 16,000 acres in seven units across southcentral Washington.

The plan will look at the status of wildlife species and habitat, restoration efforts and public recreation for all the units, said Susan Van Leuven, manager for the wildlife area.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife manages 33 wildlife areas. It revises the management plans for each areas every six-eight years, making sure plans reflect current conditions and identify new priorities and initiatives, said Clay Sprague, lands division manager for the agency.

The agency also is updating the management plans for Swanson Lakes and Revere wildlife areas in eastern Washington and will begin the planning process early next year for the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area.

As part of the public participation portion of the Klickitat plan’s development, a workshop is scheduled from 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Goldendale Community Library.

At the meeting, staff members will review the planning process, the wildlife area’s history and ongoing restoration efforts. The department also will ask for public comments on future management strategies.

As planners develop the new plan, it will consider feedback and guidance from the public and the Klickitat Wildlife Area Advisory Committee, a citizen- and stakeholder-based group that reviews wildlife area management activities.