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 Rendezvous project aims to acquire three separate parcels owned by two individuals within the Rendezvous Unit and adjacent to the Big Valley Unit of the Methow Wildlife Area, totaling 210 acres. By purchasing these parcels, WDFW protects state imperiled Inter-mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Steppe and Ponderosa Pine Woodland and Savanna Ecological Systems. In addition, important Quaking aspen stands are present throughout and the site contains at least one important wetland where a number of amphibian species have been observed. These parcels include crucial mule deer migration corridor and stop over habitat for animals migrating to and from higher elevations of the Okanogan National Forest. Development pressure is a constant issue in the Methow Valley, and maintaining and enhancing connectivity for wide-ranging species is critical. Adding this inholding and adjacent property will improve management efficiency and simplify public access for this unit of the Methow Wildlife Area.