Spiva Butte Preserve

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 Chelan-Douglas Land Trust acquired 1,396 acres of high quality shrub-steppe near Spiva Butte in northern Douglas County. The property is a mosaic of deep and shallow lithosol vegetation communities, and also includes over 11,000 feet of Deep Creek plus 50 acres of wetlands and 10 acres of lake. The primary conservation value provided by this grant was high-quality shrub-steppe habitat for sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, Washington ground squirrel, mule deer, and other wildlife, as well as public enjoyment across scenic and varied habitats. Priority habitats on the property include: aspen stands; biodiversity area and corridors; freshwater wetlands; shrub-steppe; talus. Priority species confirmed present on or near the property include: sagebrush lizard; golden eagle; loggerhead shrike; burrowing owl; greater sage-grouse; Columbian sharp-tailed grouse; Rocky mountain mule deer; sage thrasher; white-tailed jackrabbit; Washington ground squirrel, silver-bordered fritillary, myotis species, and several others. Unfortunately, the property was burned in the Labor Day 2020 human-caused and wind-driven Pearl Hill Fire. Since that time, CDLT has worked on weed control to limit competition with recovering native species, and employing seedhead collection from similar unburned areas and flinging on the Spiva Butte property, to jump start the slow process of sagebrush habitat recovery. Many volunteers worked on this efforts for several days in 2020 and 2021. CDLT has been coordinating with neighboring landowners and looking into acquiring additional property in the area. Collected seed is also being germinated and raised by native plant nurseries to plant seedlings in the future. CDLT has also applied fence tags to fencing to prevent injuries to sage grouse.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $339,723.76 Applicant Match: $342,704.66 Project Type: Acquisition County: Douglas Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 18-1452

Location Details

Option 1: From intersection of Hwy 17 and Hwy 174, proceed W towards Bridgeport for 1/10 mi. Turn S onto first dirt road on your left (Road P NE). Follow this road as it winds S and W, becoming Road 20 NE, then Road 0 NE, then Road 19 NE for about 6 miles to Spiva Butte. Stay on the main dirt road ignoring all obscure intersections and lesser dirt roads. Along the way after about 3 miles you will pass conspicuous Reaves Butte along the W side of Road 0 NE. Keep going. Spiva Butte is the next prominent butte along the road on the N side. As you approach this location consider parking near prominent pile of what looks like imported round river cobbles along the N side of the Road 19 NE and walk N onto the property. All dirt roads are typically suitable for passenger cars however during portions of winter and spring dirt roads may become impassable even for 4x4. Option 2: from Mansfield it's actually shorter and faster to access Spiva Butte via Road L NE about 6 mi E of Mansfield by turning N off Hwy 172. Road L NE intersects Road 19 NE (described above) about 1.5 mi W of Spiva Butte. Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer would be a good idea whichever way you choose.

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.