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WDFW seeks comments on land acquisition proposals

 


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is inviting public comment through Jan. 31 on current proposals to acquire land for fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation.

Thirteen proposed land acquisitions, identified by the department as priorities for potential future funding, are currently available for review, including one in Klickitat County. To review the proposed acquisitions, visit WDFW’s website at http:// wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions/.

The Klickitat County land is termed the Simcoe Mountains proposal and comprises 6,000 acres that are part of an area of 18,745 acres at the top of Satus Pass, east of SR97. The area is currently used for commercial forest and rangeland. “The acquisition will be incorporated into the Klickitat Wildlife Area and managed to provide species protection, habitat protection and recreation; while retaining its value to the community as a working forest,” according to the proposal.

“This presents quite an opportunity for the public to regain access to the area,” said Sue Van Leuven, manager of the Klickitat Wildlife Area. Since changing hands from Boise Cascade and DNR ownership to Western Pacific Timber, the area has been closed to the public.

Written comments on the proposed acquisitions may be submitted via email to Lands@dfw.wa.gov or by mail to Lauri Vigue, WDFW, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091.

 

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