Mid-Columbia Shrub Steppe 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

With this grant, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife’s objective was to acquire approximately 589 acres to protect shrub-steppe habitat in Douglas County in the Upper Mid Columbia Basin. The targeted property would have become part of a multi-phased effort to protect 3,300 acres of contiguous shrub-steppe habitat for long-term protection of habitat necessary for maintaining shrub-steppe obligates. The target property was appraised and an offer was presented to the property owners. Unfortunately, the property owners have declined WDFW’s offer.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: 17959.73 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Douglas Legislative District: 12 Status: Not Completed RCO Project # Jun-45

Location Details

From Bridgeport, travel south on Hwy 17 approximately 17.5 miles to Douglas County Road P NE. Turn south on to P NE, travel approximately 1.7 miles to its intersection with Douglas County Road 20 NE. From this point, the project area extends approximately 1 mile east, 1.75 miles south and 2.25 miles west. 47°52’ 24.34”N / 119°25’ 37.88”W

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.