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 a conservation easement on approximately 600 acres of high quality wildlife habitat located near Wenatchee, Washington. The Chafey Mountain property has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. The family members are committed to protecting this unique property from the development that has spread into the canyons and foothills just outside Wenatchee and bordering this property over recent decades. Chafey Mountain is also adjacent on three sides to land already protected from development, and adds additional ecological complexity and corridors for movement to the larger protected landscape. Habitat on the property includes riparian areas, shrub-steppe, and mixed conifer forests, and actively supports a healthy mule deer population, golden eagles, and migratory songbirds, as well as many others. The Land Trust would add a second, complementary property to this project, which is located in the same canyon and protects similar habitat. The second 21 acre property was donated to CDLT, and will now be permanently protected with the Deed of Right. Both properties also protect important viewsheds that enhance the recreational experience for local popular trail systems. The landowners are open to educational and guided field outings to access their private property.