The Wells Hydroelectric Project wildlife mitigation program is funded by the Douglas County PUD and administered by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Wells Wildlife Area consists of six Habitat Management Units with a combined area of over 8,200 acres. Douglas PUD purchased 5,755 acres of land for the program and gave WDFW title to the land. Additional land is managed by leases or easements. Development of wildlife habitat and provisions for public wildlife-oriented recreation are features of this program. Douglas PUD’s ongoing habitat projects on District owned land include fencing to exclude livestock from riparian areas, shoreline erosion control, new riparian shrub plantings and habitat restoration on disturbed areas.
Annual operating and maintenance funding for the Wells Wildlife area is currently more than $250,000 per year.
Click here for a map of Wells Project Recreation lands.