The Wildlife Advisory Committee advise the Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Department staff and the Whatcom County Council on the value of wildlife and habitat management issues as they relate to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, with the goal of integrating wildlife management and protection into the community planning process.
The committee has 11 members appointed by the County Council:
Seven of the 11 members will have technical expertise in wildlife and habitat management or current or past professional experience such as, but not limited to, at least one of the following: wetlands manager, wildlife biologist, population biologist, natural resources manager, watershed scientist, conservation specialist, forestry protection, and tribal representative. Agriculture or land development representatives are encouraged to apply for at least two of the remaining four positions.
A. The committee will provide recommendations on integrating wildlife management and protection issues relative to fulfilling goal nine (9) of the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA): to retain open space, enhance recreational opportunities, conserve fish and wildlife habitat, increase access to natural resource lands and water, and develop parks and recreation facilities. The full committee shall provide a recommendation on the need for an ongoing wildlife advisory committee.
B. Each committee recommendation will consist of
i. Identified issue or constraint
ii. Discussion of ecological process, function or species addressed
iii. Range of solutions considered
iv. Preferred solution
v. Cost of implementation. A cost benefit analysis is required when an existing industry recognized method is available; at a minimum a discussion of project costs and positive or adverse impacts where community and ecological uses intersect.
vi. Cited and reviewed references
C. The Technical Advisory sub-committee, as defined in Section 2.118.050(B), will:
i. Prior to the end of 2015, develop the initial inventory, characterization, and assessment, which includes an analysis of risk, of existing ecosystem conditions (Existing Condition Report), and to make management recommendations using best available science that will provide appropriate habitat conditions for local species, with an emphasis on biodiversity and healthy ecosystem processes and functions. This may include recommendations
regarding wildlife corridors, landscape ecological planning, wildlife management, avoiding human/wildlife conflict.
ii. Continue to provide periodic updates to the Existing Condition Report or to address technical questions from the Whatcom County Council, Whatcom County staff, or the Wildlife Management Committee.