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 Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to buy 138 acres of critical habitat for Oregon spotted frog. This project also protects Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead. The area includes rare oak, Puget Sound prairie, and other sensitive habitat. The department will continue to provide hunting and fishing opportunities on the land. The project will create a 3,264-acre corridor that connects to a 100,000-acre state forest.