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Wander Washington - A Guide to Climb, Hunt, Boat, and Fish

In pursuit of this mission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife strives to achieve these goals:

  1. Department-wide leadership that is effective, efficient and results in public confidence in department management.
  2. An environment of respect and trust within the department fostering quality management and decision making.
  3. Recruitment, development and retention of a diverse, effectively deployed and well-trained workforce. An informed public, participating in policy development and contributing to quality decision making.
  4. Partnerships with public and international entities, tribal leaders, public volunteers and service groups to share responsibility for fish and wildlife.
  5. Effective practices partnerships with landowners and land use decision makers to maintain and enhance habitat.
  6. Maximum fishing, hunting and non-consumptive recreational opportunities compatible with healthy, diverse fish and wildlife populations.

From Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koenings is the Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, appointed by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. He received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Fisheries, and his Master of Science, Water Resources, from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He then went on to receive his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Natural Resources from The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), in 1977 and his National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow from The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 1976-197.

Dr. Koenings is now a part of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council as Washington State's Council Position. He is also a member of the National Advisory Acceptance Team (NAAT) established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to advise the Service on the 56 state and territories' comprehensive wildlife strategies; and representing the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

For more information about Washington: http://access.wa.gov/

Official State Travel/Tourism Web Site: http://www.experiencewashington.com/

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: http://wdfw.wa.gov/

State bird: American Goldfinch

State flower: Coast Rhododendron

State fruit: Apple

State vegetable: Walla Walla Sweet Onion

State natives and residents:



State agencies often require licenses, permits or certifications for a wide range of activities impacting fish, wildlife and boater safety. States work to prevent overcrowding and control the harvest of game on wildlife management areas. The links below will help you find license and permit information, and how to apply.