State purchases forest land to protect local elk


Photo: Large Roosevelt Elk, courtesy Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Commission announced plans to purchase almost 5,500 acres in Kittitas County to protect the local elk habitat.

It’s part of a long-term effort to buy and preserve land to help wildlife populations thrive, according to the Yakima Herald.

The state will spend about $4.6 million on the 5,497 acres of land, located along Manastash Creek, south of Cle Elum.

It’s a key migration route for the Yakima elk population, says a representative from the Nature Conservatory.

The land is currently owned by a local timber company, which has been selling land to the state for preservation.

Filed in: News

Suggest a correction

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s