Okanogan Similkameen Phase 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

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife successfully acquired 1,814.25 acres in fee and 370.00 acres with a conservation easement (total acres protected 2,184.25) between Conconully and the Canadian border for critical riparian, shrub-steppe, and dry forest wildlife habitat. This project protects the most viable wildlife movement corridor linking the north Cascade Mountains and Kettle/Selkirk ecosystems. It also will maintain the only low-elevation corridor linking the Columbia basin with the remaining endangered shrub-steppe-grassland habitats in Canada. This project is part of an 80,000-acre, multi-phase land conservation effort. It will protect habitat for almost 80 internationally recognized at-risk species. The grant provides the state’s match to a USFWS Section 6 grant.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $3,362,603.32 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1502

Location Details

Target area 1: From Oroville, go approximately 12 miles west on the Oroville to Loomis Rd. Property is down river from the bridge at Nighthawk primarily on the south side of Similkameen River. Target area 2: From Oroville, go approximately 17 miles west on the Oroville to Loomis Rd to the jct with the Similkameen River Rd. Property is 3-6 miles north on the Similkameen River Rd on both sides of Similkameen River.

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.