Wildlife Mitigation Program, Flathead County, Montana
Bonneville Power Administration proposes to fund the acquisition of approximately 8,500 acres consisting of shrub-steppe rangeland, 1,480 acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)/cropland, 40,000 lineal feet of stream waterfront, 426 acres of main stem riparian habitat, 400 acres of wetlands, and 23.5 miles of tributary streams in Asotin County, Washington. The Schlee Property proposed for acquisition, which is divided into the Smoothing Iron and George Creek parcels, adjoins the Umatilla National Forest, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Asotin Creek Wildlife Area, and other state lands. Title to the land will be held by WDFW. The property will be managed as part of the WDFW Asotin Creek Wildlife Area. The goal of this project is to protect and enhance shrub-steppe, riparian and wetland habitats for the benefit of fish and wildlife.