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.
The Columbia Land Trust will use this grant to purchase 4,891 acres in southwest Yakima County east of Mt. Adams. The entire project area will be newly open to public access including harvesting by neighboring Yakama tribal members, as well as wildlife watching, hunting, and white water sports. The primary habitats protected through this project are oak woodlands, cliffs, talus, instream, and riparian.