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June 20, 2008
Contact: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267

Commission approves land purchase

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved the purchase of 2.4 acres in Skagit County.

The land, located off Mann Road about three miles from Conway, will become part of the Skagit Wildlife Area, which is managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to provide habitat for waterfowl and public access for hunters and birdwatchers.

The land also will contribute to the Wiley Slough restoration project that involves removing several dikes on 175 acres of land to restore estuary habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife, including chinook salmon protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

“Adding this land to the wildlife area will further the Wiley Slough restoration effort and allow for continued enhancement and protection of important fish habitat,” said Jerry Gutzwiler, chair of the commission.

The commission, which sets policy for WDFW, approved the purchase during a conference call meeting.

In other action, the commission approved new catch quotas for the commercial spot shrimp fishery and set size limits for the commercial sea urchin fishery.