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 project will protect approximately 400 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat near the town of Methow in the lower Methow Valley. Other habitats include riparian and ponderosa pine-Douglas fir sites that support several species of concern including Lewis and Pileated woodpeckers. WDFW is partnering with Okanogan County on this project to both protect important wildlife habitat and address county public works needs. Conserving this property will protect and enhance critical habitat for wintering mule deer and other sagebrush obligate species. Protecting these parcels from development will facilitate the movement of a variety of wide-ranging species by bolstering the north-south wildlife corridor connecting state and federal lands. These lands west of the town of Methow are already popular for hunting, hiking and wildlife watching and additional public lands will provide an enhanced experience and greater ability to access bordering public lands.