Washington plans to add to wildlife area

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to add 94 acres to the Revere Wildlife Area in Whitman County. Cattle grazed on the land before it became a wildlife area.

A wildlife area in Whitman County will grow under a proposal to be presented Friday to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in Olympia.

The department staff is recommending the state accept a 94-acre donation from the conservation group Pheasants Forever to enlarge Fish and Wildlife’s 2,291-acre Revere Wildlife Area 9 miles southeast of Lamont.

The land is valued at $118,000 and will cost the state an estimated $1,200 a year to maintain, according to a staff report. Pheasants Forever will fund restoring a portion of the property to grasslands, according to the report.

The wildlife area was acquired in 1992 by Fish and Wildlife and the Army Corps of Engineers to make up for habitat lost to dams on the Snake River. Before that, the land was used for cattle grazing, according to the department’s management plan.

Mule deer, coyotes, badgers, raptors and game birds such as pheasants and quail are on the land, according to the department. Sharp-tailed grouse have been documented nearby. The Revere Wildlife Area has 150 acres of irrigated farm land leased for hay production, according to the management plan.

Fish and Wildlife owns or manages approximately 1 million acres and is regularly acquiring more land.

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