WDFW lands provide opportunities for salmon recovery. WDFW lands have historically been
purchased and managed for big game, waterfowl, fish and upland birds. As management of these
lands by previous owners has not always addressed the needs of salmon and steelhead.
- Develop and implement management plans for WDFW lands with additional emphasis on
habitat needs for salmon and steelhead
- Identify, prioritize, and correct barriers to fish passage on WDFW lands
- Develop and implement policies to manage WDFW water rights consistent with salmon recovery
For more information, please go to our main website here >> Wildlife Areas
Habitat Conservation Plans
A Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is a management strategy that provides long-term certainty
of Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance while providing for conservation of species. The
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is developing a habitat conservation
plan (HCP) for activities on state owned and managed Wildlife Areas. The HCP will be a
long-term management plan for the conservation and protection of species and their
habitats on Wildlife Areas.
For more information, please visit our main website here >> HCP
Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plan (RMAP)
Road Maintenance and Abandonment Planning (RMAP) is required by the Department of Natural Resources for
all of Washington's forest roads. One of the main purposes of the RMAP is to protect salmon by protecting
water quality and removing fish passage barriers. WDFW is required to bring all of its forest roads up
to RMAP standards, which includes removal of all forest road-related fish passage barriers by July of 2016.
For more information, please go here >> RMAP
Wildlife Area Management Plans
WDFW LANDS PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SALMON RECOVERY
The Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) manages nearly one million acres of land around the
state for fish and wildlife, habitat conservation and wildlife related recreation. These lands
are divided into Wildlife Area complexes consisting of 32 different wildlife management areas.
Management plans developed for each Wildlife Area identify specific management objectives for
each complex and strategies for achieving them. Each of these plans were developed with the help
of local Citizen Advisory Groups, which play a vital role in WDFW's land management strategy.
This kind of public participation promotes the inclusion of local values and perspectives and
helps WDFW identify social, cultural and economic issues important to the local community.
The WDFW Lands Division updates the management plans on an annual basis, providing an opportunity
to evaluate the success of ongoing strategies and identify new issues to be addressed in managing
the state's wildlife areas.
For more Information, please visit our main website here >> Management Plans
Human-made barriers to fish passage, in the form of road culverts, dams, dikes, and other obstructions,
reduce the distribution and habitat available to fish, including salmon and steelhead. In particular,
when fish are unable to access spawning and rearing areas, fish production decreases and in some cases
fish populations are eliminated altogether.
Additionally, lack of flow constitutes a significant barrier to fish passage in many locations around Washington.
WDFW works with water right holders, water trust organizations, Ecology, and others to restore passage through
changes in water use. Many examples include changes in points of diversion.
Currently, WDFW is focused on correcting fish passage barriers on their own lands. Summer of 2012
should be one of WDFW's largest construction seasons, where more than 26 fish passage barriers will
be corrected on WDFW lands. Additionally, WDFW is seeking funding to finish inventorying WDFW
hatcheries to identify fish passage barriers for correction.
To address fish screening at surface water diversions, WDFW provides technical assistance to
private landowners, diversion and irrigation districts, conservation districts, and others,
on installing, inspecting, and maintaining screens to keep fish out of pump and gravity diversions.
Additionally, WDFW works with water right holders, water trust organizations, Ecology, and
others to restore passage through changes in water use. Many examples include changes
in points of diversion.
For additional fish passage information or staff contacts please go here >>
Habitat Fish Passage