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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to acquire 2,675 acres of habitat in the Rock Creek headwaters near Bald Mountain. The land is home to spotted owls, goshawk, grey wolf, deer, elk and many other animals. This project would protect key owl habitat and assist with spotted owl recovery. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will utilize this grant as matching funds to a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire similar habitat in the central eastern Cascade Mountains.