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.
The Methow Conservancy will use this funding to acquire a conservation easement on 1,028 acres of undeveloped shrub-steppe and associated Riparian Protection draws and wetlands in the Methow Watershed within Okanogan County. The project will protect priority habitat, provide habitat linkages to existing protected land, conserve at-risk species, and maintain seasonal wildlife movement corridors. Priority species supported include gray wolves, mule deer, sharp-tailed grouse, peregrine falcon, and Brewer’s sparrows, among other species.