Anglers purchase prime steelhead “reel” estate along the Grande Ronde River

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A prime piece of steelhead reel estate along the Grande Ronde River will become public property thanks to the fundraising efforts of a group of dedicated anglers.

In late January, the Wild Steelhead Coalition purchased the 8-acre parcel featuring 2,000 feet of riverfront access. The undeveloped land, known as Turkey Run, is also adjacent to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife land already used by anglers and boaters.

Lynn Miller, the owner of the 8-acre parcel and an avid angler himself, had long allowed public access.

The Wild Steelhead Coalition bought the 8-acres for about $30,000 and plan to give the land to WDFW in about a year, said Josh Mills, of Spokane, a member of the board of directors of the Seattle-based Wild Steelhead Coalition.

LINK (via: Spokesman-Review)

As a Wild Steelhead Coalition Board member, I’m proud to have had a small part in helping keep this piece of public land in public hands. However, the lion share of the credit goes to Josh Mills for making this acquisition a reality. I look forward to hoisting a toast to Josh with the rest of our Board riverside on the Turkey Run.

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