Forestland Preservation grants help improve opportunities for forest management activity and improve the long-term growth and harvest of timber. These projects help protect many different kinds of forests, including, but not limited to, large-scale industrial forests, small private landowner forests, community forests, and tribally - or publicly-owned and managed forests.
The Okanogan Land Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement, also called a conservation easement, to conserve 225 acres of forestland in the Tunk Valley, about 20 miles northeast of Omak. The Anderson forestland is next to more than 1,660 acres that were conserved by the land trust in 2019, and is within 5 miles of two other areas that support some of the most robust sharp-tailed grouse leks in Washington State and are integral parts of one of the largest remaining blocks of contiguous shrub steppe habitat left in north central Washington. Due to the property’s importance for mule deer and Canada Lynx movement, sharp-tailed grouse, and other wildlife, the Working for Wildlife partnership initiated by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has identified this property as a priority for conservation. The Okanogan Land Trust will contribute $106,188 in a private grant.