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.
The Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf Department will use this grant to buy 231 acres to expand the Antoine Peak Conservation Area, preserving critical winter habitat for white-tailed deer, elk, moose, and other animals. The purchase also will extend the conservation area to the City of Spokane Valley’s doorstep. In addition, the purchase will preserve nearly 1 mile of streambank habitat. The site will provide an outdoor classroom for nearby schools and a possible location for trailhead parking and trails. Spokane County will contribute more than $1 million in Conservation Futures, equipment, and staff labor.