Please visit the
Public Involvement Page
for information on how you can get involved in the Wildlife Areas HCP planning process. 

For additional information contact Janet Gorrell at
(360) 902-8309

 

 

Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)

2014 Project Status Update

This page represents a very brief summary of work that has been completed as of January 2014 in support of the Wildlife Areas Habitat Conservation Plan. Detailed reports have been produced to document the results of many of the items listed below and are available a project documents.

Public Outreach

  • WDFW interviewed stakeholders and tribal staff to identify public involvement and outreach needs for development of the HCP in 2006.
  • A series of six public outreach meeting were held in 2007.
  • Web pages, fact sheets, and other outreach materials were created and distributed in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
  • DFW contacted tribes via letters and emails to invite their participation in inventory efforts in 2008.
  • Presentations were given to interested groups including the Washington Association of Conservation Districts and the Office of Farmland Preservation in 2008.
  • WDFW worked with USFWS and NMFS in spring 2010 to develop a draft strategy to implement public scoping for the Draft HCP and Draft EIS.  Four public scoping meetings were held throughout the state.

Activities Inventory

  • A GIS database was created to spatially and temporally map management and recreation activities occurring on Wildlife Areas.
  • The draft inventory of covered management and recreation activities was completed in Winter 2010.

Species Inventory

  • A GIS database was created to spatially and temporally map plants, fish and wildlife occurring on Wildlife Areas.
  • The draft inventory of covered species was completed in Summer 2009.

Predictive Effects Modeling

  • A GIS-enabled Preliminary Predictive Model was developed to allow rapid assessment of potential impacts of covered activities to covered species. The model is based on co-occurrence of activities and species in space and time.
  • The model was tested for Sharp-tailed Grouse in 2009.
  • Model inputs, including activity attributes and species responses, were developed with Wildlife Area Managers, and species and activity experts.

Conservation Measure Development.

  • WDFW provided an initial draft of conservation measures to USFWS and NMFS in fall 2011.  This was followed by thorough review and discussion of comments provided by the services in 2012.
  • Based on these discussions, and further input from WDFW staff, WDFW is currently preparing a second draft of the conservation measures and a first full draft of the HCP.  Internal review of this draft is anticipated in summer 2014.