Methow Wildlife Corridor Phase 2

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

This agreement involves the additional purchase of 845 acres of mule deer winter range in the Methow Valley near Winthrop. The Methow Valley herd is Washington’s largest migratory deer herd, consisting of more than 20,000 animals. This project protects the critical migratory corridor for 65% of the herd and provides habitat for a variety of other wildlife species.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $5,823,341.68 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 93-821

Location Details

(Big Valley) Drive west on SR 20 beyond Winthrop approximately 4 miles. Big Valley is land between SR 20 and River. Open hay field areas.

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.