Sharp-tailed Grouse Phase 5

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

This Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) proposal will acquire 2,559 acres of shrub steppe: key properties that are essential for sustaining and increasing the population of sharp-tailed grouse in northern Douglas County, one of three small populations remaining in Washington. An active Columbian sharp-tailed grouse lek has been found on one of the parcels. This acquisition adjoins WDFW’s West Foster Creek Wildlife Area and provides connectivity to the nearby Central Ferry Canyon Wildlife Area and Colville Indian Reservation, both of which have active sharp-tailed grouse leks. This project will result in the long-term protection and enhancement of occupied and historic sharp-tailed grouse habitat and will greatly increase connectivity between critical habitat components on and off WDFW’s wildlife areas. It also will improve the potential for a successful sharp-tailed grouse augmentation project planned to begin in 2005.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $913,057.64 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Douglas Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1289

Location Details

From Brewster: Go south 1.4 miles on Hwy 173; immediately after crossing the bridge, turn right onto Crane Orchard Rd.; go 2.9 miles to Central Ferry Canyon Rd.; take CFC Rd. south approx. 5.15 miles to the intersection of Rds. B and 27 NW. Go east on Rd. 27 NW 1 mile to Rd. A NW. Go south and SE 2.6 miles on Rd. A NW to Division Rd. Turn north onto Division Rd, go 1.5 miles to Rd 26 NE. Western parcel is located west and SW of intersection of Division and 26 NE. Go east 1 mile on Rd 26 NE. Central parcel is located north and south of road. Continue east 2.3 miles on Rd 26. Eastern parcel is located on north and south sides of road. From Bridgeport: go north 2.5 miles on Hwy 173 to Dezellem Rd. Go west on Dezellem Rd about 0.7 miles. Northern parcel is located on the north side of road.

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.