WSA has many members in the wilds through most of the year checking or repairing the many wildlife facilities, and carrying out the portion of our Mission Statement... " the enhancement of habitat"
WSA does what we can to help maintain or imporve natures habitat. At different time when mishaps like fires that have destroyed valuable habitat resources for the wildlife, WSA has worked with different local agencies (WDFW - PUD Fish & Wildlife) to rehab the area with plantings or seeding. Native shrubs and grasses are used to restore the habitat.
WSA pays pretty close attention to the dangers that exist. We work around the imminent dangers such as fire. Lightning causes most of the fires that are started here in North Central Washington, from time to time due to the carelessness of recreation(man), fires have been started.
Another potential hazard is a severe rain. WSA will wait for the roads to dry out before going back into the hills to keep from doing damage to the road structures. The rutting of the roads in just a short time will cause some major erosion issues.
Moisture(rain) in our area is a good thing for maintaining the best possible habitat for wildlife, but too much rain at one time can be very detrimental.
If you would like to join us out in the hills enjoying wildlife's habitat, give WSA a call or come to a monthly meeting. It's quite an awesome feeling to give back.
Those recreating outdoors should follow these DNR campfire safety tips:
- Never start a campfire when wind is strong or local conditions are so dry that fire danger is high
- Use a screen over and around a campfire to minimize sparks flying out
- Keep fires less than three feet in height and diameter
- Keep five gallons of water and a shovel nearby
- Never leave fires unattended
- Extinguish a fire by drowning it thoroughly with water, stirring until cold, and then drowning it again
Report a wildfire or unattended campfire call (800) 562-6010 or 911.