As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.
This proposal is to acquire 1,495 acres of critical property within Entiat Slopes, a high priority natural area preserve site in the arid zone of eastern Washington. This is a region of the state where well over half the land has been permanently converted to agricultural uses. These arid lands contain the highest quality examples of native plant communities and rare plant sites in the state. They also provide important wildlife habitat, including critical Riparian Protection areas. Entiat Slopes NAP protects a Riparian Protection corridor and contains the state’s largest known population of Thompson’s Clover (state threatened and federal candidate) and the Longsepal Globemallow (state threatened).