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 buy 2,180 acres to protect shrub-steppe, streambank, and wetland habitat; conserve mule deer and at-risk species; and maintain seasonal wildlife corridors while allowing private landowners to continue to farm the land. Without easement protection, the landowners likely would subdivide and sell their lands for residential development. The Methow Conservancy will contribute more than $2 million in donation of land and a federal grant.

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: 12 Status: Proposed 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.