The purchase of land outside Westport by Washington Fish and Wildlife was approved.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved three land transactions at their recent meeting, including the local property.
The Westport property features 1,100 acres to protect waterfowl habitat in partnership with Duck Unlimited.
“The property encompasses a diversity of unique natural resources including saltwater estuarine habitats, old growth Douglas fir stands and cedar grove forests, and fresh water wetlands and ponds. This offers year-round habitat for Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, black bear, cougar, salmon and numerous waterfowl and other bird species.This property will provide new hunting and other recreational opportunities.
The appraised value of this property is $ 2,093,000 of which $763,000 is being provided through USFWS Coastal and State Migratory Waterfowl grants. An additional $1,330,000 is being provided through Ducks Unlimited Coastal grant. O & M here is expected to be $ 57,720 annually.”
WDFW says that it will be able to provide new opportunities for hunting and wildlife viewing on the property, which is appraised at $2.1 million.
Land purchased also approved at the meeting;
Included in the agenda, the commission approved several changes to rules governing wildlife rehabilitators following an incident near Rochester when several animals were euthanized after becoming habitated. The updated rules impact 53 wildlife rehabilitators across the state that WDFW currently licenses to care for sick, injured and orphaned wild animals.
An agenda for the Feb. 22 call is available online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/commission/meetings.html.