Over the last few years there have been complaints and wildfires started over the Wenas Wildlife Area.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife recently selected 20 members to serve on an advisory committee to address target shooting issues within the area.

Their first meeting is next Wednesday.

According to the state, the committee members reflect a broad range of interests including wildlife area neighbors, hunters, target shooters, horseback riders, and more. Since the committee will focus on target shooting issues, 15 of the 20 selected members are target shooters and/or hunters.

The committee was formed with the hopes they could develop management plans for the state that locals would have created for themselves. In the end, the goal is to maintain access and wildlife habitat while reducing fire danger and habitat loss.

The first meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the Selah Civic Center, 216 S 1st St,. Meetings will be open to the public with designated time for public comment. Meeting materials and a roster of committee members are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/advisory/wtsc/

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