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The Rock Creek area purchased by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and The Nature Conservancy on the east slope of the Cascades near Naches has a wide range of habitats all the way up to alpine ridges. The 2,675 acres acquired in June is the first of three phases of what will ultimately transfer more than 10,000 acres from Plum Creek Timber Co. to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The area is north of the Naches River and northwest of the town of Naches and is reached by the Bald Mountain, Rock Creek and Milk Lake roads. It will be managed as part of the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. Courtesy of Rance Block

Courtesy of Rance Block / The Spokesman-Review