Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.
This month’s featured project is the Golden Doe unit of the Methow Wildlife Area located on the ancestral lands of the Okanagan, Methow, and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to purchase about 110 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat and grasslands within the Golden Doe Unit of the Methow Wildlife Area. The property supports large, year-round populations and seasonal concentrations of mule deer as well as black bears, coyotes, golden eagles and numerous sagebrush-obligate species. The primary benefit of this project is habitat conservation. The project planned completion is June 2024.