Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.
The Dishman Hills Conservancy will use this grant to buy 257 acres for wildlife and recreation, next to the Dishman Hills Conservation Area, about 3 miles from Spokane’s city limits. Dishman Hills is the wild heart of Spokane because it is surrounded by development. Conserving the land is important to maintain a corridor for wildlife movement and a diversity of plants. The forest is home to deer, moose, elk, cougars, black bears, pileated woodpeckers, flammulated owls, northern goshawk, Vaux’s swift, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. The area also is used for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and nature study. Dishman Hills Conservancy will contribute $803,700 in donations of cash.