Kelly Susewind, Grays Harbor native and new director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, will be available to meet the public at an open house Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Montesano City Hall.
This is one of six open house events planned by the agency for the fall and the only one in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. According to a Fish and Wildlife statement, the purpose is to give the new director an opportunity to discuss the agency’s long-term plans to conserve fish and wildlife and promote outdoor recreation throughout the state.
“The department’s work is fundamental to people’s quality of life and livelihoods in Washington,” said Susewind. “Our work to conserve fish and wildlife and provide sustainable opportunities affects everyone. Whether you’re an active outdoorsperson or you’re someone that buys locally-caught seafood at the market, the public expects us to be good stewards of these resources and the public has a say in how they are managed.”
Susewind added, “These meetings will allow me to introduce you to my values and approach and I’m eager to hear what’s important to you.”
Specific topics will include an overview of the department’s work in each region, a summary of budget and policy proposals for the 2019 legislative session, and a discussion about how the department should position itself to address new, long-term challenges that affect fish and wildlife.
The open house is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Montesano City Hall is located at 112 N. Main St.
Last June, the State Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to select Susewind as director.
“I am committed to the mission of the agency, and that means hearing from people who care about Washington’s fish and wildlife,” said Susewind. “I want to share what I have learned so far, but listening to people and their ideas is my main reason for inviting people to attend these events.”