The Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management Assn., (CPWMA), is a WDFW LHP land access program.
In the late 1990s Turnbull NWR and WDFW biologists declared the duck/goose refuge to be over its carrying capacity (200) for elk, thus damaging aspen ecosystems. From a volunteer couple, CPWMA was formed in 2011. After being over populated with elk for approx. eighteen years, Turnbull (a FWS refuge) has now been below elk carrying capacity for the last three years (WDFW helicopter surveys). It took only three years of concentrated WDFW, Turnbull and CPWMA effort to reach carrying capacity from a high of 450 elk in 2010. The 2019 WDFW survey showed 204 elk in Turnbull. All elk have not been killed. Three large herds have now been “encouraged” to stay away from Turnbull year round. (Idaho border, Tyler, and Rock Lake).
CPWMA was fortunate enough to have on its board a past state legislator and past Game Commissioner, a retired WDFW biologist, a GMAC representative, and hard working locals who know Turnbull’s problems and solutions. WDFW coordinator Mike Atamian, Region 1, and Alice Hanley, Turnbull administrator, provided excellent support in meeting everyone’s goal.
A WASHINGTON STATE 501c3 CHARITY NON-PROFIT LAND MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
Our organization was incorporated on March 31, 2011 exclusively as a charitable non-profit land management association.
Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management Association is organized exclusively as a charitable non-profit land management association offering free controlled hunting access to youth, disabled, and other hunters with limited or no access to hunting property, while providing for wildlife stewardship and good landowner relationships.
CPWMA Wants You!!
**Warning** Those who attend Board Meetings often become involved and stay on to become Board Members (That's how they got the web site guy!).
Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management Association is seeking new members.
Currently and are looking for additional members that are eager to make a change in the public hunting opportunities in Washington Game Management Unit 130.
If you are interested in learning more or becoming part of the Association please attend one of our Board Meetings that are held quarterly. For official meeting dates and locations please refer to the Calendar.