The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan’s Land Acquisition Program presents an opportunity to restore private lands in the basin to restore forest and shrub-steppe health, protect critical wildlife habitat and better manage rural growth. The Yakima Basin Conservation Campaign supports the Integrated Plan’s goals to conserve:
- 50,000 acres in the middle and lower Teanaway River basin composed of mid- to high-elevation mixed conifer forest and lower elevation grand fir and ponderosa pine forest;
- 10,000 acres of forested land at the headwaters of the Little Naches River, in combination with adjacent lands in the Manastash and Taneum Creek basins; and
- 15,000 acres in the Yakima River canyon, including the valley bottom and eastern slopes, from the Yakima River to Interstate 82 (I-82). The area is composed primarily of basalt cliffs and shrub-steppe vegetation.
Success! On October 1, 2013, the 50,000-acre parcel in the Teanaway River basin was conserved. It is the largest single conservation land acquisition in the past 45 years.