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.
Dishman Hills Conservancy (DHC) applied to the RCO grant for the purpose of acquiring land. With this grant and additional funding sources, DHC has purchased 240 acres of land for wildlife conservation and recreational access. The Big Rock Addition is adjacent to current DHC Area holdings and is 120 acres. This property is included in the Spokane County Parks Trails Plan and in agreement with Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf, the property is accessed for public recreation. A trail has been built on the property. Through the use of the RCO grant and additional funding, DHC purchased The Wilson Conservation Area which is an additional 120 acres and approximately .25 miles from the Big Rock Addition. This property contains 120 acres strictly for wildlife conservation and recreation. This property had 3 structures on it that have been removed. Properties with trails have been marked with RCO Grant signs.