FISH AND WILDLIFE
[Order 21-15—Filed March 5, 2021, 1:11 p.m., effective April 5, 2021]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Washington department of fish and wildlife (WDFW) reclassified the Oregon vesper sparrow as endangered in WAC 220-610-010 Wildlife classified as endangered species. The estimated population of the Oregon vesper sparrow in Washington is approximately three hundred birds, with most (~75%) of them on a single site, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 91st Division Prairie.
We have classified the Oregon vesper sparrow as endangered in the state of Washington under WAC 220-610-010. With this change it will include the additional regulation and enforcement of wildlife classified as endangered identified in RCW 77.15.120
. WDFW will be working on a recovery plan for the species according to WAC 220-610-110.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 220-610-010.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 21-01-187 on December 21, 2020.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: February 12, 2021.
Larry M. Carpenter, Chair
Fish and Wildlife Commission
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 19-13-013, filed 6/7/19, effective 7/8/19)
WAC 220-610-010Wildlife classified as endangered species.
Endangered species include:
Oregon vesper sparrow
Pooecetes gramineus affinis
North Pacific right whale
Odocoileus virginianus leucurus
Rangifer tarandus caribou
Columbian sharp-tailed grouse
Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus
western pond turtle
leatherback sea turtle
Speyeria zerene hippolyta
Oregon spotted frog
northern leopard frog
Euphydryas editha taylori
Streaked horned lark
Eremophila alpestris strigata
North American lynx
Loggerhead sea turtle