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Saddle Mountain
National Wildlife Refuge


Storm Over The Saddle Mountains
64 Maple Street
Burbank, WA   99323
E-mail: hanfordreach@fws.gov
Phone Number: (509) 546-8300
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hanford_reach/
Storm Over The Saddle Mountains
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  Overview
Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge
Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge lies within Washington's arid half. The shrub-steppe community it represents is one of only two large blocks of this habitat remaining in the state. The addition of water to the landscape from the Columbia River and irrigation returns has created an oasis of life within this high desert.


Getting There . . .
The refuge is on Washington State Highway 24, southwest from Othello or northeast from Yakima.

The Monument is within a half day drive of three major metropolises (Seattle, Spokane, and Portland) and situated in the "backyard" of the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco), Washington, with a population of more than 150,000.

Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge has no public access, although other areas within the Hanford Reach National Monument offer over 68,000 acres for public use.


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Wildlife and Habitat

The Hanford Site is known for its nuclear reactors, the Manhattan Project, and associated environmental contaminant problems. However, the buffer zone around the Hanford Site is relatively free of contaminants and contains some of the most pristine examples of shrub-steppe habitat left in Washington.

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History
Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1953. However, on June 9, 2000, the refuge became part of the 196,000-acre Hanford Reach National Monument, which was created when President Bill Clinton signed Proclamation 7319. At the time, the Monument was the first of its kind under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service management.

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Management Activities
There is little active management of this area.

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