Wildlife area could gain 5,497 acres in Kittitas County

A badger excavates a den on Jan. 15, 2009 at the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area near Wenas, WA!
 (Alan Bauer)
A badger excavates a den on Jan. 15, 2009 at the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area near Wenas, WA! (Alan Bauer)

OLYMPIA - A huge addition to a state wildlife area in Kittitas County will be considered for purchase by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission during its meeting Friday and Saturday (Nov. 8-9) in Olympia.

Also on the agenda, is a report on the status of reptiles and amphibians in Washington and a briefing on proposed changes in hydraulic permit approval rules

The proposed land acquisition in Kittitas County involves 5,497 acres adjacent to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department's L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, 35 miles northwest of Yakima. The department has also proposed purchasing a 589-acre inholding in the Wenas Wildlife Area near the state's winter feeding area for elk.

In addition to the land purchases, the public will have an opportunity to comment on proposals related to:

  • New rules for commercial dive fisheries.
  • A new policy for managing salmon fisheries in Grays Harbor.

The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the Governor to set policy for WDFW, will convene at 8:30 a.m. both days in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.

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