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.
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.