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.
Acquisition of the 1,000 acre Knudson Ranch which adjoins the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area. The land provides critical winter range for 200 Rocky Mountain Elk and 200 mule deer. Acquisition of the site would enable the Dept. of Wildlife to winter 1,200 – 1,500 elk each year. The elk are currently being wintered at other sites but one location would streamline the Kittitas Valley feed operation and provide exceptional educational and recreational opportunities for the public.