State may buy Grays Bay wetland
Thursday, December 1, 2011
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider on Friday buying four pieces of property including 95 acres at Deep River in Wahkiakum County.
The commission will meet beginning at 8 a.m. in Room No. 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. The panel also will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday to adopt a wolf management plan.
Six miles east of Naselle, the 95 acres will cost the state $24,000. The property is mostly wet grasslands and tidelands. Most of the land is flooded at high tide.
The marsh complex at Grays Bay provided habitat for more than 10,000 wintering ducks, geese, shorebirds and raptors.
Money for the property comes from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coastal wetlands conservation grant and Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant.
The property will be part of the Altoona unit of the Mount St. Helens Wildlife Area.
The other properties are in Mason, Grant and Asotin counties.
Briefings also will be presented to the commission regarding the law enforcement, fish management and private lands access programs.
A brief will be given the proposed 2012-13 sport-fishing rules, which are most small changes to address conservation issues or ways to generate additional revenue.