Purchasing the only saltwater boat ramp not dependent on tides on a 70-mile stretch of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is one of nine potential land buys WDFW is looking for public comment on between now and early February.
The agency put out the package this afternoon, and reports that the new owners of Mason’s (formerly Olson’s) Resort at Sekiu are interested in selling the 6.5-acre facility, including its four-lane ramp and two parking areas.
“This project will ensure continued public access to the Strait of Juan De Fuca from a highly popular boat launch that has been in continuous operation since 1939,” a project description reads.
However, it and the other eight are far, far from done deals.
Following comment — which runs through Feb. 2 — WDFW land managers first need to get approval from Director Jim Unsworth to seek funding through the state’s competitive land-buy review process, and then the Fish and Wildlife Commission must sign the check for the properties.
“This is an opportunity to comment on these proposals in the early stages of our strategic thinking,” said Cynthia Wilkerson, WDFW lands division manager, in a press release. “We want to know what the public thinks about these projects before we move forward.”
All would be bought to provide recreational access as well as to benefit fish and wildlife.
This year’s list is more Westside oriented than past ones, and generally the properties are smaller. Still, several stand out in terms of size.
Others proposed buys include 1,750 acres between Westport and Grayland in Grays Harbor County, 643 acres between Joseph Creek and the Snake River in Asotin County and 256 acres on Bickleton Ridge in the Simcoe Moutains of eastern Klickitat County.
Smaller ones are proposed in Snohomish, Thurston, Ferry, Columbia and Pacific Counties
For more, see the project descriptions here.
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