State negotiates deal for wetlands preserve north of Spokane
Associated Press - May 3, 2008 2:25 AM ET
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - State officials have announced a $9.1 million deal for a wetlands preserve along the West Branch of the Little Spokane River.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has negotiated options to purchase 2,772 acres north of Spokane in Pend Oreille County.
On Friday, at a meeting in Colville, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the first phase. It covers 1,079 acres south of Horseshoe Lake for nearly $3.4 million. A state land supervisor in Spokane, Brian Trickel, says the second phase to extend the preserve south to Fan Lake may be completed in about a year.
RustlerÂ’s Gulch Syndicate now owns the land, which includes marshes, streams, beaver ponds, lakes, aspens, cottonwoods and evergreens. Partners in the syndicate will still own much of the land in the area.