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 Chelan-Douglas Land Trust will use this grant to buy 1,396 acres of shrub-steppe habitat near Spiva Butte in northern Douglas County. The land includes more than 2 miles of Deep Creek plus 50 acres of wetlands and 10 acres of lake. The project will provide habitat for sage grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, Washington ground squirrels, mule deer, and other wildlife, as well as opportunities for public access. Species on or near the area 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 butterfly, and others. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust will contribute $344,900 in donations of cash.