The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is kicking off a multi-year wildlife area planning process at Swanson Lakes, Reardan Audubon Lake and Revere wildlife areas. The new plan will address the status of wildlife species and their habitat, the progress of restoration efforts, and public recreation opportunities. The Swanson Lakes, Reardan Audubon Lake and Revere plan will address management activities for three distinctly different landscapes:
- The includes 21,000 shrub-steppe acres purchased in 1993 to protect populations of threatened sharp-tailed and sage grouse and other species. The property is adjacent to U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands and was purchased with Bonneville Power Administration funds set aside to mitigate for wildlife losses from construction of Grand Coulee Dam. Since the last Swanson Lakes management plan was completed in 2006, Anderson said, sharp-tailed grouse numbers have increased and sage grouse have been reintroduced.
- The, managed as a separate unit of the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area, includes 277 acres of wetlands, grasslands and a lake that support over 200 bird species. It is a very popular bird-watching site and is listed on Audubon Washington's Great Washington State Birding Trail and the Ice Age Floods Institute National Geologic Trail. The site was acquired in 2006 with a state grant and help from the Spokane Audubon Society and the Inland Northwest Land Trust.
- The includes 2,291 acres of Palouse grassland and shrub-steppe. It was acquired in 1992 with Lower Snake River dam construction habitat mitigation funds from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Revere supports mule deer, upland game birds, raptors and other wildlife.
The public is invited to participate over the nine-month process, through public workshops, by sending public comments to email@example.com, and by joining the citizen-member advisory committee that will be established to help guide the process.
For more information, contact Juli Anderson at 509-636-2344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.