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Our Mission

 

The mission of Eyes In The Woods (EITW) is to assist the appropriate agency, which governs their Fish and Wildlife with the coordination of volunteer efforts. We also cooperate with other organizations on conservation and protection projects that perpetuate our natural resources.

 

Our Goal

 

 Our primary goal is to reduce poaching and other abuses of our natural resources through education and reporting. We accomplish this through our various programs and activities.

 

Our Programs

 

At the base of all of our programs is our Crime observation & Reporting Training Class (CORT) In this introductory training class citizens learn about the role of WDFW & DNR Enforcement Officers. They learn about the complicated tasks of protecting natural resources through education and enforcement of the laws. Citizens learn how they can assist in properly observing, documenting, and reporting violations and violators in a NON-CONFRONTATION way.

 

Other EITW programs include Biological Check Stations, Habitat Enhancement Projects, Property Watch, Stream Watch, Wildlife Program, and our Observation Witness League (OWL) Program.

 

Get Involved

 

We need you as a volunteer! Please get involved and assist in one of our programs. You will start by attending a CORT Class and then progress by taking other training as needed.  Once trained and certified some of the activities you may be involved in may include habitat thinning projects, telemetry studies, biological field or stream gathering studies, overt/covert camera installation & monitoring, and radio-collar studies.

 

OWL’S

 

A select few of our volunteers are selected to go through a background check, Enforcement Officer Interview, and a ride-along before final selection to the OWL team. OWL Team members receive specialized volunteer training using modern technology in monitoring, observing, documenting, and reporting activity on sensitive projects. These are projects where additional EYES are needed yet assigning multiple officers is not feasible nor warranted. In essence, volunteers become extended Eyes for Enforcement Officers in the field. All OWL Team activities are conducted at distance and are always non-confrontational with subjects.

 

Why We Do It!

 

If you made it to this page then you must be connected to the great outdoors in one way or another. We believe that those that step forward and volunteer not only love the great outdoors but have a passion for it. Too often public lands are shut down or amenities are reduced or eliminated because of abuse. Help us stop the abuse of our public lands, fish and wildlife. Enroll in a CORT Class and become one of our valued volunteers.  We must keep public lands open and accessible for the future. Our Vice-President wrote an article for a publication a few years ago and summed it up like this. An excerpt from that article.

 

“Just for an hour, let’s unplug ourselves from the oh-so-necessary electronic world.  Let’s leave behind those dynamic sounds and graphics and let the rhythms of nature wash over us.  Here in Washington State we can immerse ourselves in nature to our own comfort levels, from a woodland hike where we won’t see another person all day to a walk along a well-traveled path in a nearby park, from rafting down the river to paddling around a lake.  And when we find we’re enjoying ourselves, we’ve made worthwhile the work of those who preserved this experience for us. 

Then, share the experience of being unplugged by taking someone along.  Even the most reluctant person will find something to enjoy.  Kids will put their unstoppable imaginations to work, while the adults join in or just relax in the shade.  And keep going back. 

The outdoors provides experiences we will find nowhere else.  These experiences are the first steps to gaining an appreciation of nature.  And only through appreciation can we develop the desire to protect our public lands, and become the next link in the chain that preserves the outdoors for future generations to enjoy.  Keep the chain strong.  Unplug and go play! ”  Lee Davis

 

 

 

The Eyes In The Woods Association Inc. shall be the catalyst organization connecting citizen volunteers with the professionals that manage our natural resources, for the benefit of all.