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 Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to buy 900 acres, which includes 175 acres of prairie and oak woodlands habitat and 725 acres of mixed forest, wetland, and streambank. The land includes habitat for Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly, Mazama pocket gopher, Puget blue butterfly, Willamette Valley upland prairie, Willamette Valley wet prairie, north pacific oak woodland, and temperate Pacific freshwater marsh. The project also provides access to hiking, hunting, and horseback riding opportunities.