Agency seeks volunteers to serve on steelhead advisory group

Volunteers are being sought to serve on a citizen advisory group that advises the state Department of Fish and Wildlife on steelhead and anadromous cutthroat management issues.

Department managers will select as many as 15 people to serve two-year terms on the Steelhead/Cutthroat Policy Advisory Group, with the terms beginning in January.

Members of the group provide guidance to the department on issues related to management of steelhead and searun cutthroat. They also serve as a communication link between the department and its constituents.

People interested in serving as an advisor should have a broad statewide interest in steelhead and cutthroat. They must effectively communicate with large segments of the public and clearly articulate their ideas and guidance to fishery managers within the department, according to a department news release.

The group meets about four times a year and advisors are asked to provide comment on written material throughout the year.

Current members of the advisory group can reapply, but the agency also is looking for new candidates with varied backgrounds.

Any group or individual can submit a nomination. Self-nominations also will be accepted. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with an organized group.

Nominations must include the following information:

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 30. They may be submitted to Bob Leland, WDFW steelhead program manager, by mail: 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501-1091; or by sending an email to robert.leland@dfw.wa.gov. For more information, contact Leland at 360-902-2817.