PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife swapped thousands of acres in a deal signed today.
Generally, the trade helps each agency consolidate lands. It gives DNR more land to put to work for the benefit of state schools while Fish and Wildlife will take control of lands better suited to wildlife management.
The properties that WDFW receives will become part of the Asotin, Colockum, Cowiche, Klickitat, Methow, Oak Creek, Sinlahekin, Skookumchuck, Quilomene and Wenas Wildlife Areas.
DNR will receive properties located in the L.T. Murray, Oak Creek and Sinlahekin landscapes.
Read on for details and maps.
DNR will receive 12,105 acres of forestland from WDFW in Kittitas, Okanogan and Yakima counties. In return, Fish and Wildlife will receive just over 25,800 acres of primarily shrub-steppe land for wildlife management in Asotin, Chelan, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan and Yakima counties.
Properties on both sides of the transaction were valued at $13.46 million. The disparity in acreage – 12,105 acres for DNR and 25,800 acres for WDFW – is because DNR will receive parcels with higher-valued timber on them.