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 area surrounds Grimes and Jameson Lakes in the channeled scablands. This is one of the largest remaining blocks of native shrub-steppe wildlife including pygmy rabbits, sage grouse, ferruginous hawk, golden eagle, sage thrasher, sage sparrow, and prairie falcon. It does not have the sharp tailed grouse. This is one of the three known active habitats for the pygmy rabbits. Large blocks of this type of habitat are needed to recover the threatened pygmy rabbit and sage grouse populations.