Knudson Ranch

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: 8228.86 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Not Completed RCO Project # 91-824

Location Details

Adjacent to the LT Murray Wildlife Area - approximately 11 miles north of Ellensburg.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.