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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will use this grant to purchase property from two private landowners totaling approximately 138 acres. This property provides critical habitat for Oregon spotted frogs and includes 59 acres of wetlands and over a mile of riparian habitat along Mima reek. WDFW will purchase a conservation easement on about 26 acres and acquire about 112 acres through fee simple acquisition. WDFW will utilize grazing and haying as tools to maintain the site. The primary conservation benefit provided by this acquisition is habitat protection.