Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.
The Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife will use this grant to acquire approximately 150 acres of biscuit and swale prairies containing vernal pools and mima mounds, as well as, several larger permanent ponds and associated Riparian Protection forests and develop a 5-stall parking lot. The property lies on the east boundary of WDFWs Reardan Audubon Lake Wildlife Area, just north of the Town of Reardan. The property forms the headwaters of Crab Creek, a Columbia River tributary, and Deep Creek, a Spokane River tributary, is used by over 125 species of birds during spring migration and is the last stop before the Canadian wetlands. The property includes eleven PHS species, five state candidate species, two Federal candidate species, and five WDFW habitat types or elements of special concern. The primary purpose of this project is wildlife viewing.