By John Morgan, WDFW
Did you know that about 85% of Washington's species use riparian habitat? Yet since the early 19th century at least half of this resource has been lost or extensively modified. Protecting riparian habitat may yield the greatest gains for fish and wildlife, while involving the least amount of area. To better manage riparian areas for fish and wildlife, the Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) program of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife published Management Recommendations for Washington's Priority Habitats: Riparian. You can get a copy from any regional office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, or by calling the PHS request line at 360-902-2543. Other PHS documents currently available include management recommendations for Oregon white oak woodlands, invertebrates, and amphibians and reptiles. More management recommendations are being developed. All published PHS documents can be found on the Land and Habitat portion of the agency's web site at http://wdfw.wa.gov/.
Management Recommendations for Washington's Priority Habitats:
- Species and Habitat Management Recommendations
- Aquatic Habitat Guidelines (AHG)