By Brad Trumbo
The Times 

WDFW takes an important step in post-fire habitat recovery

 

October 29, 2020

Courtesy of WDFW

This lake in the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area is one example of the unique channeled scablands and shrubby habitat.

In September, wildfires that tortured the Pacific Northwest did a number on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area (Swanson Lakes), located about 10 miles south of the town of Creston.

Swanson Lakes is a 21,000-acre tract of native grasslands nestled among the channeled scablands of the Columbia Plateau. Shrub-steppe and riparian/wetlands comprise the dominant habitats, and much of the area is rangeland, with some old Conservation Reserve Program fields. The undulating landscape is characterized by numerous pothole and rim rock lakes and one int...



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