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 buy 3,906 acres east of Mount Adams to protect the area’s oak woodlands, cliffs, talus, stream, and streambank habitat from development. The land serves as an important connection in a wildlife corridor for mule deer, Columbian black-tailed deer, elk, mountain goats, and big-horned sheep. The project will be open to the public for wildlife watching, hunting, and whitewater sports. The Columbia Land Trust will contribute more than $4.2 million in federal, local, and private grants.