OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking nominations to fill four open positions representing western Washington on its Waterfowl Advisory Group.

Established in 2003, the 20-member volunteer group represents a diversity of waterfowl recreation and conservation interests throughout the state and provides recommendations on duck stamp habitat project proposals, season recommendations and other waterfowl management issues. The policy group also serves as an important communication link between WDFW and its constituents.

The group, which is structured to represent both sides of the state, is currently seeking members to fill four recent vacancies representing western Washington. Each term, which is renewable, lasts two years.

To be qualified, advisers should have a broad interest in waterfowl and be able to communicate effectively with the public. While the advisory group meets twice a year, members are also asked to periodically provide comments on written materials. Due to WDFW budget constraints, advisers are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Any group or individual may submit a nomination, including self-nominations. Nominees do not need to be affiliated with an organized group. Nominations must include:

? The nominee's name, address, telephone number, and email address.

? The nominee's affiliations, if any.

? Experience, including years and type of experience.

? The name, address, and telephone number of the individual or organization submitting the nomination.

Nominations must be mailed by Feb. 15, 2008 to Don Kraege, waterfowl section manager, WDFW, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, Wash., 98501-1091. For more information, call Don Kraege at (360) 902-2522.

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