Sharptailed Grouse Phase 6

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

The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to purchase 515.77 acres in the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area in Okanogan County. The wildlife area is a successful project to enhance habitats and recover the Columbian sharp-tailed grouse. The grouse are listed by the state as a species threatened with extinction and by the federal government as a species of concern. This is the only area in Washington with an increasing population of native sharp-tailed grouse. Acquisition of this land also provides contiguous ownership between the Scotch Creek and Sinlahekin Wildlife Areas, to simplify management of these lands.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $520,257.47 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1813

Location Details

Driving directions from Omak. Starting at the stoplight on Hwy 97 (at WalMart), turn EAST on Riverside Drive for .8 miles, RIGHT on Ross Canyon Road for 1.6 miles, LEFT on Epley Road for 1.0 miles, RIGHT on Conconully Road for 9.6 miles, Right on Hess Lake Road 2 miles. The subject property is 2.5 miles further past the signed gate and requires authorized use.

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.