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Antoine Peak Phase 3 Acquisition

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Funded in 2011
WWRP Applicant: Spokane County Parks & Rec WWRP Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $1,633,198 Applicant Match: $1,633,198 Project Type: Acquisition County: Spokane  Legislative District: 4th 

The Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf Department will use this grant to buy 338.75 acres, including the 3,375-foot-tall Antoine Peak, completing the last phase of a 1,061-acre conservation project. Antoine Peak forms a prominent backdrop to Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, and Newman Lake. The County wants to protect this critical habitat for wildlife and the million dollar views it offers, and open the area for wildlife watching. It is rare, if not unique, for a natural area of this size and diversity to be within 1 mile of an urban growth boundary. The land offers a broad range of year-round outdoor activities such as hiking, wildlife watching, equestrian use, mountain biking, picnicking, trail running, and cross-country skiing. Part of an important wildlife corridor that stretches north to Mount Spokane State Park and up into the Selkirk Mountains, it is used year-round by elk, moose, black bear, deer, and many other animals. A pond and many streams transect the property and help recharge the Rathdrum Prairie-Spokane Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for more than 500,000 people. More than eight federal or state species with special status use the area. The County will contribute more than $1.6 million in conservation futures.

RCO Project Number: 10-1264

What is the WWRP?

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.

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