Grant Provides Hunting Access on 8,000 Acre Ranch

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A $20,000 Access & Habitat Program grant to Richland rancher Dan Forsea will keep 8,000 acres of his ranch property open to public hunting for the next five years.

Located along the breaks of the Snake River in the Lookout Mountain wildlife management unit, the ranch provides summer and winter range for Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. There also are good populations of Hungarian partridge, blue and ruffed grouse, and chukar on the property.

The ranch provides a wide range of hunting opportunities in an area of the state that has seen an increase in fee hunting and posted lands. About 65 percent of the Lookout Mountain wildlife management unit is in private ownership.

The A&H grant is being used to pay the landowner $0.50 per acre to continue to allow public hunting on his property through 2008. In addition, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is contributing $500 for law enforcement, safety zone signs and overall project monitoring.

Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1993, the A&H Program is funded by a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations, and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout the state.

For additional information on the Forsea Ranch Access Project contact George Keister, district wildlife biologist in Baker City at (541) 523-5832. For more information on the Access and Habitat Program contact program coordinator Susan Barnes at (503) 947-6087 or at www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrWild/InfoCntrWild.htm.