Island County sets four fish, wildlife rule forums

Those passionate about the island’s fish and wildlife will have a chance to weigh in on future plans this month.

Island County will host four meetings on Whidbey and Camano islands to allow the public to offer input on the county’s regulations protecting fish and wildlife habitats.

Attendees can meet with Island County staff and review work done by the county in an effort to complete a state-mandated update of the county’s critical areas regulations.

Among the many topics to be considered in the update are watersheds, sedimentation and the presence of metals, pathogens and contaminants in water sources.

Staff will also be looking at wildlife, freshwater and marine habitats, as well as the presence of any invasive species and migration patterns.

Residents can learn about the county’s program and its use of state fish and wildlife-related grants.

Staff members will offer a brief overview of the update process, answer questions and feedback will be collected in writing. Copies of the revised regulations and policies will also be available.

Meetings will be held on North Whidbey at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Oak Harbor Library; on Central Whidbey at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Island County commissioners hearing room in Coupeville; and on South Whidbey at 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Freeland Library.

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