Seattle Parks and Recreation, in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, is proud to announce the Wildlife Sanctuary Program. With the community’s help, Parks’ objective is to identify and protect critical urban wildlife habitat for some of our most vulnerable species.
In 2009, the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners approved the Wildlife Sanctuary Policy, which articulates Seattle Parks’ commitment to sustain habitats for a wide variety of wildlife, and outlines steps Parks will take to create and manage wildlife sanctuaries for these species:
- Local populations of federally endangered or threatened species
- State Priority Species or Species of Concern
- Locally important species with declining populations
Parks invites nominations for wildlife sanctuary locations from the community. Any individual or community group can submit a nomination for a park site, between April 15 and June 15, 2010, of a location they think should become a sanctuary.
The nomination form is available now. Assessment of wildlife sanctuary applications will be completed by June 30, 2010, and the Parks Superintendent will have final approval of all nominated sanctuaries.
You can find nomination forms, instructions and references online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/wildlife/sanctuary.
Nomination packets will also be available at Seattle Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle on April 13th.
Parks’ goal is to promote the value of healthy and diverse urban wildlife populations by working with the community to combine planning efforts, maintenance practices, educational opportunities, and volunteer stewardship to support wildlife.
For help and more information, please call Barbara DeCaro, Natural Resources Management Unit, at 206-615-1660 or email her at email@example.com.