BEND, Ore. (AP) — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife might buy a 10,000-acre piece of a ranch along the Lower Deschutes River.
The Bend Bulletin reports the Limmeroth family owns the land that had been used for grazing and dryland wheat farming.
The family has already sold off other portions of the ranch, and has been working with the nonprofit Trust for Public Land to facilitate the deal with the state.
If the purchase goes through, the land would become part of the Lower Deschutes Wildlife Area, which already has about 8,500 acres mostly on the east side of the river.
Jeremy Thompson is a district wildlife biologist for Fish and Wildlife in The Dalles. He says the ranch property, on the west side of the river, would be managed as a wildlife area.
The property has deer and elk habitat, and streams that are home to salmon and steelhead.