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.
This acquisition of approximately 520 acres in Okanogan County are to protect critical, high-quality shrubsteppe habitat in the lower Methow Valley. Objectives include: the conservation of sagebrush steppe habitat for winter mule deer populations, sagebrush obligate species and the state endangered Gray Wolf, improving the mobility of species by improving the east-west wildlife corridor connecting state and federal lands, and nurturing a relationship with Okanogan County as this project benefits county by improving business practices and efficiencies.