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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to purchase approximately 179 acres of land in the Simcoe Mountains of Klickitat County. The property includes a unique large-scale landscape that includes mixed conifer, Oregon white oak, white alder, shrub steppe, grasslands, and cliffs. Land management options for this property include forestry and grazing to maintain quality habitat. Fencing will be installed around the perimiter of the property. This grant provides for both passive and active public recreation, but the primary focus is for habitat protection for a variety of riparian and upland species.