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Washington-specific wildlife refuge hunting, fishing proposals released

A family walks along a trail at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
A family walks along a trail at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

On June 5, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced plans to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges nationwide. On Friday, more Washington-specific details became available. Below is a list of Washington-specific proposals.

— Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge: Expand existing waterfowl hunting to 1,142 new acres.

— Entiat National Fish Hatchery: Formally open to sport fishing for the first time.

— Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery: Formally open to sport fishing for the first time.

— Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery: Formally open to sport fishing for the first time.

— San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge: Open sport fishing for the first time on acres already open to other activities.

— Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery: Formally open to sport fishing for the first time.

In an email Mike Rule, the wildlife biologist at Turnbull said,

“There is a National Assessment of Hunting and Fishing on all refuges which looks at opportunities on refuges and alignment with state seasons and regulations …We have had a preliminary assessment and we are supposed to get a report back after regional review . Can’t say what the result for Turnbull will be yet. There will likely be annual submissions under the current administration to open more opportunities on refuges and hatcheries.”

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