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.
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.