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WDFL looks to buy county land



LAND GRAB: The State's Fish and Wildlife department wants to buy 60 acres in Klickitat County ostensibly to protect more land from development. The area is in the lighter shaded box in the image on the right.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which owns or manages 1 million acres in the state, has identified 10 more tracts of land it may buy. The properties total nearly 10,000 acres and range from a 5,000-acre ranch in Lincoln County in Eastern Washington to 13 acres of wetlands in Snohomish County in Western Washington. Most of the properties have been used for livestock grazing or crop production.

In Klickitat County, the department is proposing 60 acres in the Bowman Creek area. The land would become part of the Klickitat Wildlife Area. WDFW's property acquisitions have drawn criticism for taking private property off county tax rolls. Following a formula set by the Legislature...

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