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.
Under this grant, The WDFW acquired approximately 4198.45 acres of the Grand Coulee Ranch property in the Phase II of this multi-phase acquisition. Following the purchase of the property, WDFW completed boundary survey, weed control, and fence installation. Approved amendments to this project agreement included a time extension granted on December 12, 2017, and fencing, noxious weed control, and administrative costs for Grand Coulee Ranch Phase 1. On Phase 1 and Phase 2 property, WFDW: – Treated at least 480 acres of noxious weeds – Constructed six miles of new fence – Surveyed approximately 15 miles of boundary – Posted approximately 250-300 signs (standard DFW signs: WLA, No Vehicle, No Fire, ADA access, sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse) Cultural Resource work was completed and indicate that no adverse effects were anticipated as a result of the acquisition and post-closing activities funded under this grant. Ground disturbing work was completed without encountering any unanticipated discoveries of cultural materials or human remains. There have been three individual reports completed that have covered work in Phases I and II. Buildings on the property were not removed. RCO approved WDFW to allow these structures to be retained for habitat purposes for a variety of species such as bats, ravens, snakes and owls among many others. RCO approval via email correspondence was attached in PRISM.