February 05, 1998
Contact: Madonna Luers, (509) 456-4073
Apply for central Washington bird habitat grants by March 1
EPHRATA -- Persons or groups interested in applying for funds to enhance
upland game bird habitat in six central Washington counties must apply to the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Ephrata office by March 1.
Up to $20,000 are available annually through WDFW's eight-year-old Dave
Wallace Account for Upland Game Bird Habitat Enhancement. As designated by the
Wallace will, only habitat enhancement projects in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas,
Grant, or Adams counties are eligible for funding. Individual project requests cannot
Dave Wallace, who died in 1986, was an avid upland game bird enthusiast from
Ephrata who willed his estate to WDFW for habitat enhancement use. Only interest
earned annually on an invested annuity is used to fund projects.
The focus of projects should be on habitat development and enhancement.
Projects designed to raise birds for release will not be considered for funding. Projects
funded in the past include fencing to protect habitat from livestock, plantings of trees
and shrubs, and construction of upland game bird feeders. A citizen advisory
committee helps WDFW officials select projects to fund.
Grant application packets are available at the WDFW Ephrata office, 1550 Alder
St. N.W., Ephrata, WA 98823-9699, (509) 754-4624.