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 Columbia Land Trust will use this grant to acquire approximately 537 acres, including about 70 acres of anadromous salmon streams in Wahkiakum County in southwest Washington. The primary conservation opportunties provided by this project are to 1) create a corridor connecting marbled murrelet habitat and 2) restore and protect the most significant chum salmon population remaining in the Lower Columbia River Basin.