Five Critical Areas of Conservation

Wildlife Habitat

Washington's Wildlife Habitat Protection

Protection oriented toward wildlife habitat is guided by WDFW's priority habitat species list. Protection in these areas is specifically aimed to increase fish habitat.

Wildlife is an integral part of Washington's wetlands and riparian areas.

The Best Available Science, or BAS, is used to evaluate the intricate relationships that exist between wildlife, wetlands, and human activity.

Much of the VSP's activity in this area is focused on increasing fish habitat, however, "fish and wildlife conservation areas" does not include artificial features like irrigation delivery systems, irrigation infrastructure, irrigation canals, or drainage ditches that lie within the boundaries of and are maintained by a port district or an irrigation district or company.

Learn more about critical area definitions.

Western Bluebirds nest in open woodlands and woodland edges of clearings

Pacific CD Protects Riparian Habitat through Fencing Project

Wildlife Habitat

Pacific Conservation District (PCD) recently worked with a landowner who completed an exclusion fence for their cattle operation.

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Foster Creek CD Projects Focus on Stream Restoration and Innovative Virtual Fencing

Geologically Hazardous

Two Foster Creek CD (FCCD) projects showcase an ecosystem approach to improving natural resources, protecting geologically hazardous landscapes, improving habitat health, and ensuring agricultural viability within the Foster Watershed.

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Okanogan CD Assists with Installation of Livestock Exclusion Fencing


Okanogan Conservation District (OCD) utilized VSP funding to work with a landowner to install livestock exclusion fencing, protecting riparian and wetland habitats from grazing sheep.

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Removing Yakima River Water Stargrass


Benton Conservation District (BCD) is leading the community effort to deal with water stargrass.

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