WDFW seeks comments on deer plan
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking public comments through Oct. 31 on a draft plan to guide management of the state’s mule deer populations.
Key objectives in the plan include maintaining stable mule-deer opportunities for both hunters and wildlife-watchers. It also covers strategies for reducing damage caused by deer to crops and personal property. The plan is available online for review at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/mule_deer. An online form for the public to submit comments is available on the webpage.
The plan will go to WDFW’s director for final approval later this year. It will be updated as needed in the future.
Burn ban lifted in North Cascades National Park
Effective immediately, the burn ban on all lands within North Cascades National Park Service Complex is lifted, the National Park Service said Friday (Sept. 25). This includes all national park service lands and campgrounds in Stehekin, along State Route 20 and the Ross Lake area. Campfires are allowed in designated areas only. The burn ban lift complements similar lifts in Chelan, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.