By Marcy Stamper
Methow Valley News 

WDFW acquires shrub-steppe lands in Rendezvous area

220 acres provide habitat for mule deer, other wildlife


Last updated 11/11/2022 at 11:35am

Photo courtesy of WA Department of Fish & Wildlife

Methow Wildlife Area expands the migration corridor for mule deer and provides habitat for other wildlife.

Mule deer and other wildlife will benefit from an additional 220 acres of protected shrub-steppe in the Rendezvous area recently purchased by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

The 200-acre property called Rendezvous West is accessed via Gunn Ranch Road, where it connects with National Forest land. The 20-acre Rendezvous East parcel is on the north side of Highway 20, across from Big Valley.

Big Valley is already part of the wildlife area. It has a popular loop trail used by skiers and hikers that traverses fields, forest and provides river access. Some of the newly protected land is an inholding within the wildlife area.

The two acquisitions preserve a significant, well-protected mule deer migration corridor from Big Valley to the Rendezvous, WDFW Property Acquisitions Supervisor Thom Woodruff said. The land also provides stop-over habitat for animals migrating to and from higher elevations. Still, deer will have to cross Highway 20 to get from Big Valley to the higher elevations in the Rendezvous.

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