Mid Columbia – Grand Coulee 2014

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

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will use this grant to acquire approximately 8,200 acres of a planned 20,500±-acre purchase of shrub-steppe habitat occupied by the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse. The property is located southwest of the town of Nespelem along the south shore of the Columbia River in Douglas County. The acquisition will help conserve an important connectivity link between and through sharp-tailed grouse populations in Douglas, Okanogan and Lincoln counties and a strategic component in WDFW’s ongoing efforts to maintain and recover sharp-tailed grouse in these counties.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: 4000000 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Douglas Legislative District: 12 Status: Active RCO Project # 14-1087

Location Details

From the intersection of State Highway 155 and 174 in the city of Grand Coulee Washington, travel west 6 miles on State Highway 174 to the intersection with Smith Lake Road. Turn north onto Smith Lake Road and travel north for 7.4 miles to the intersection of Road 23 Rex. Turn east onto Road 23 Rex and travel 0.75 miles to worksite entrance.

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.