Stemilt Basin Land Transfer Closes

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WENATCHEE- The last two remaining sections of land in the Stemilt Basin that are part of a major land swap have now been transferred to the State.

The talks began in 2007 by the Stemilt Partnership, a group comprised of orchardists, outdoors enthusiasts, irrigation districts and conservationists, to set aside four large sections of land. Two of the parcels were transferred back in April.

Chelan County Commissioner, Kevin Overbay tells NCWLIFE News that the remaining two DNR-owned lands were transferred to the Department of Fish and Wildlife last week.

The lands contained in the swap will be protected as Mule Deer and Elk habitat. The next round of talks will focus on possible motorized or non-motorized recreation including hiking and biking trails.