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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

On Monday, April 11, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop to discuss new management plans for the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area.  One of the area’s units, Cherry Valley, located near the town of Duval, is used for hunting and wildlife-related recreation.  To ensure that future development plans allow for the continuation of dog training and competition activities, the American Kennel Club encourages interested parties from Washington and surrounding states to attend the April 11 workshop or to write the Department of Fish and Wildlife and urge continued permitted use of Cherry Valley’s lands for dog-related activities.

The American Kennel Club encourages and strongly supports the interaction and mutual enjoyment of owners and dogs in sporting activities such as hunting and field trials; in working circumstances such as herding, tracking, and pulling; and in competition events such as dog shows, obedience trials, agility trials, and other performance events and tests.  As a result, we advocate for laws and regulations that permit lawful activities with dogs on managed lands. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Interested parties are encouraged to attend the Monday, April 11 workshop to urge the WDFW to include dog-related activities as part of any new management plan for the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area, including the Cherry Valley unit.  The workshop will be held on Monday, April 11, from 6-8PM, at the WDFW Region 4 headquarters, located at 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek, WA 98012.  Those unable to attend may submit comments to WDFW by email at SnoqualmiePlanning@dfw.wa.gov

For more information, contact Paul Gilmore at 206-851-6326 or via email at pwinfieldgilmore@yahoo.com; or AKC’s Government Relations Department at 919-816-3720 or via email at doglaw@akc.org.  

On Monday, April 11, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold a public workshop to discuss new management plans for the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area. One of the area’s units, Cherry Valley, located near the town of Duval, is used for hunting and wildlife-related recreation. To ensure that future development plans allow for the continuation of dog training and competition activities, the American Kennel Club encourages interested parties from Washington and surrounding states to attend the April 11 workshop or to write the Department of Fish and Wildlife and urge continued permitted use of Cherry Valley’s lands for dog-related activities.

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