Twisp Uplands Conservation Easements

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 Methow Conservancy will use this grant to acquire perpetual conservation easements on two sites: Lehman Uplands Phase II and Nysether. The former adds 264 acres to the 1,028-acre RCO-funded Lehman Uplands Phase I, and the latter adds 1,916 acres. The primary conservation value is undeveloped shrub-steppe and associated riparian draws and wetlands, which provide habitat linkages to existing protected land, conserve at-risk species, and maintain seasonal wildlife movement corridors. The Methow Conservancy will work with the landowner to develop a conservation oriented grazing plan with the goal of removing non-native grasses and weeds and increasing the abundance of native bunchgrasses. The primary benefit of this project is habitat conservation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Methow Conservancy Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $2,056,622.00 Applicant Match: $2,056,622.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1791

Location Details

From the downtown of Twisp, travel east on Hwy 20 and turn left onto Winthrop-Twisp Eastside Rd. Travel 3.3 miles to the landowner's driveway. The actual easement area is in the hills east of the driveway.

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.