WDFW drops rural land buys as counties complain

From the Capital Press

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has dropped plans to buy a ranch and riverside grasslands in Eastern Washington, signaling the agency’s increasing sensitivity to complaints that state land purchases rob taxes from rural counties.

WDFW had identified 5,542 acres of Lincoln County rangeland and 2,560 acres in Walla Walla County along the Touchet River as among 10 properties it might pursue in 2017.

Both pieces of land have been used for agriculture, though are not currently in production, according to WDFW. Read the rest of the story here.