Full Statute Name:  West's Revised Code of Washington Annotated. Title 77. Fish and Wildlife. Chapter 77.12. Powers and Duties. 77.12.650. Protection of bald eagles and their habitats--Cooperation required

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Primary Citation:  West's RCWA 77.12.650, West's RCWA 77.12.655 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  January, 2024 Alternate Citation:  WA ST 77.12.650, WA ST 77.12.655 Historical: 
Summary: This outlines the rules and cooperative agreements mandated for the protection of eagles and their habitats in the state of Washington to prevent the eagle from becoming endangered or threatened.  The administrative rules further describe the partners involved, which include private landowners, and the delineations of habitat buffer zones to protect roosting sites.

77.12.650 Protection of bald eagles and their habitats -Cooperation required.

The department shall cooperate with other local, state, and federal agencies and governments to protect bald eagles and their essential habitats through existing governmental programs, including but not limited to:

(1) The natural heritage program managed by the department of natural resources under chapter 79.70 RCW;

(2) The natural area preserve program managed by the department of natural resources under chapter 79.70 RCW;

(3) The shoreline management master programs adopted by local governments and approved by the department of ecology under chapter 90.58 RCW.

[1987 c 506 § 52; 1984 c 239 § 2.]


77.12.655 Habitat buffer zones for bald eagles - Rules.

The department, in accordance with chapter 34.05 RCW, shall adopt and enforce necessary rules defining the extent and boundaries of habitat buffer zones for bald eagles. Rules shall take into account the need for variation of the extent of the zone from case to case, and the need for protection of bald eagles. The rules shall also establish guidelines and priorities for purchase or trade and establishment of conservation easements and/or leases to protect such designated properties. The department shall also adopt rules to provide adequate notice to property owners of their options under RCW 77.12.650 and this section.


[2000 c 107 § 228; 1990 c 84 § 3; 1984 c 239 § 3.]


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