Anyone interested in undertaking an upland game bird habitat enhancement project in central Washington can apply for funding through March 1 from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The funds are from the Dave Wallace Account for Upland Game Bird Habitat Enhancement. This account, in memory of a long-time upland game bird advocate from Ephrata, provides $20,000 annually from interest on an invested annuity. The money is for upland game bird habitat projects on public and private property in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Grant or Adams counties.
Any interested group, agency or individual should obtain a Wallace Grant Application Packet by either visiting, calling, or mailing WDFW's Ephrata regional office, 1550 Alder Street, Ephrata, WA 98823-9699, (509) 754-4624, or WDFW's Wenatchee district office, 3860 Chelan Highway N., Wenatchee, WA 98801-9607, (509) 662-0452. Grant applications will be accepted through March 1, 2002.
Projects will only be considered that provide habitat benefits to upland game birds (chukar and Hungarian partridge, pheasant, and quail). Project requests should not exceed $4,000 and should be aimed at habitat development and enhancement. Requests for winter bird feed or to raise game birds for release do not qualify for funding.
Some of the projects funded in the past include spring developments, fencing of important habitat areas to protect them from livestock, plantings of trees, shrubs and herbaceous cover, and construction of upland game bird feeders.