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.
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust seeks to acquire 398 acres for protection of high value shrub-steppe habitat in the Cascade foothills of Wenatchee, Washington. The property features a biodiversity corridor for a diverse array of plant life as well as species of state and/ or federal concern including mule deer and golden eagles. In addition to connectivity for wildlife, these parcels provide hiking access between the City of Wenatchee’s Lower Castle Rock Natural Area and USFS lands. Acquisition of these parcels is consistent with the Foothills Trails Plan, Foothills Community Strategy, and the City and County Comprehensive Plans. Strong demand for 20 acre view parcels on both flanks of this property mean that it is essential to permanently protect this property with willing landowners.