Citizens who want to learn how to protect wildlife and natural resources are invited to attend a free “Eyes in the Woods” training session on June 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Environmental Learning Center at TwispWorks.

The goal of the Eyes in the Woods program is to create a network of trained citizen volunteers devoted to the protection and perpetuation of fish and wildlife through a non-confrontational expert witness program.

A two-hour Crime Observation & Reporting Training (CORT) will be taught by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife staff. Participants will learn how to identify, document, and report natural resource crimes.

“With all the wildlife species we have … spread out over so many acres, it just helps to have more ‘eyes in the woods’ to serve as a deterrent to those who may think about illegal poaching activity,” said Jay Kehne of Conservation Northwest, who is helping organize the training.

The Eyes in the Woods program began as a nonprofit effort dedicated to assisting the professionals that protect and manage fish and wildlife. This class also satisfies the CORT training requirement for WDFW Master Hunter applicants.

More information about the program is available at www.eyesinthewoods.org. People interested in attending the training can simply show up June 13. For questions, call Ray Robertson at (509) 341-4085, Jay Kehne at (509) 470-1767 or Calvin Treser (509) 422-3800, ext. 0.