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 Swank property borders the Grande Ronde River and supports an amazing variety of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mountain lion, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. The bighorn sheep herd, re-established here in 1977, is the largest bighorn herd in southeastern Washington. Approximately 400 mule deer and 50 elk live in the area. Bald eagles winter on the property and a project to re-establish the peregrine falcon is in progress. Golden eagles are year round residents. In addition to the wildlife habitat values, the property provides important access for outdoor recreation.