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Public meetings on proposed McDaniel Ranch purchase expanding Riverside Wildlife Area
 
October 13, 2011

 

BEND, Ore.—ODFW will discuss its proposed acquisition of the McDaniel Ranch in Malheur County at a series of public meetings in Ontario, Burns and Bend.

  • Ontario: Nov. 1, Ontario Grange (3890 Hwy 201) at 7:00 pm
  • Burns: Nov. 2, Harney County Chamber of Commerce (484 North Broadway) at 7:00 pm
  • Bend: Nov. 3, Riverhouse Convention Center (3075 North Business 97) at 7:00 pm

The purchase would add approximately 1,075 acres to the Riverside Wildlife Area, which is 15 miles south of Juntura, Ore.

The proposed acquisition is a mix of aquatic, wetland, riparian and sagebrush steppe habitat.  Wildlife species found on the property include mule deer, bighorn sheep, sage grouse, dove, chukar, pheasant, multiple waterfowl species, redband trout, smallmouth bass, brown bullhead, channel catfish, and yellow perch.

The purchase would open the property to hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing opportunities—including access to 2.5 miles of the South Fork of the Malheur River and increased access to nearby BLM ground.

Funding for the proposed purchase would come from mitigation funds related to construction of the Ruby Pipeline, a  natural gas pipeline that runs from Opal, Wyo. to Malin, Ore.  The mitigation funds are earmarked for land acquisition, to partially offset wildlife habitat loss associated with the pipeline construction. 

The Riverside Wildlife Area was initially established in 1976 with the purpose of maintaining and enhancing wildlife habitat while providing public hunting and access to the Malheur River.  It is currently 3,798 acres.

Public comments will be taken at all the meetings. Comments can also be emailed to odfw.comments@state.or.us or mailed to ODFW, PO Box 8, Hines, OR 97738.

The Department plans to take a recommendation regarding the acquisition to the Fish and Wildlife Commission for a final decision at their Dec.  2, 2011 meeting in Portland.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy
Tel. (503) 947-6022  
Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us

 
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