Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.
Spokane County used this grant to acquire a 231-acre expansion (“Phase 4”) to Antoine Peak Conservation Area, preserving critical winter habitat for White-tailed deer, elk, moose, and other area species while expanding the conservation area to the City of Spokane Valley’s doorstep. The acquisition also preserved close to one-mile of Riparian Protection. The primary habitats protected through this project are steppe and riparian.