Methow Wildlife Corridor Phase 4

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 project includes acquisition of several priority sites in the Methow Valley. This project is a continuation of the most effective acquisition program in the state. It implements the objectives defined by the Methow Mule Deer study done cooperatively by WDFW and the US Forest Service. This study defined the most important mule deer migration corridors and wintering areas that are absolutely necessary for the survival of the mule deer herd. The highest priority area focuses on the Chewack River Drainage, north of Winthrop. This includes riparian and upland acres that are essential for deer crossing to and from the east side of the valley. The properties to be acquired are located in Townships 31N – 36N, Ranges 20, 21 and 22 EWM of Okanogan County. A legal description of the property acquired will be incorporated into the Project Agreement prior to final reimbursement.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $2,480,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 96-1046

Location Details

The Methow is accessed from Highway 97 up the Methow River on Highway 153. It is three to four miles north of Winthrop along Chewack Road.

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.