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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to purchase about 1,100 acres of shrubsteppe and Riparian Protection. The property borders the Wenas Wildlife Area on two sides and functions as a connection to important shrubsteppe core habitats. The primary conservation opportunity provided by this project is habitat protection for a diverse array of avian, terrestrial and aquatic species.