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Rattlesnake Mountain Phase 1
- Funded in 2011
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to buy nearly 13,400 acres of ecologically unique shrub steppe habitat on Rattlesnake Mountain. Buying this much land offers a rare opportunity to conserve wildlife corridors and buffer existing conservation lands at Hanford Reach National Monument and the Sunnyside Wildlife Area on the north side of the mountain. This purchase will protect a substantial portion of the south side, preventing development of wind turbines, houses, and vineyards on land Ferruginous hawks call home. The hawks are state listed as threatened with extinction. Fewer than 40 breeding pairs remain in southeastern Washington. The land also is home to other priority species including burrowing owl, long-billed curlew, Townsend’s ground squirrel, American badger, black- and white-tailed jackrabbit, sage sparrow, sage thrasher, elk, and mule deer. Conservation and outdoor recreation groups have identified this property as a priority for protection. The project is supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Richland Rod and Gun Club, and the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society.
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.