Douglas County Area

For generations, farmers and ranchers in Central Washington have understood that in order to continue their important job of feeding the world, we must work together to conserve one of our most precious assets: our land.

Controlling over 20 species of noxious weeds is one of our toughest stewardship duties. The timing of weed control treatments depends on the stage of plant growth and favorable weather conditions so we keep a flexible schedule.

WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) and the Keane family have entered into a conservation easement to permanently protect a 6,723-acre family ranch in Douglas County to support farming and provide habitat for the imperiled greater sage-grouse.

New nature preserve protects high-quality shrub-steppe in Douglas County.

High quality shrub-steppe wildlife habitat protected

The Spiva Butte Nature Preserve consists of some of the most pristine shrub-steppe habitat left in Washington State. The 1,396-acre preserve provides critical habitat for one of the last two viable sage-grouse populations remaining in the state.

In late December 2002, the Musland family donated a conservation easement on their Camel Springs property in Douglas County to the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust.

Douglas County is home to some of the best intact shrub-steppe habitat in the state and one of two populations of Sage Grouse remaining in the state. CDLT is increasing our work in Douglas Co., with several major projects in development.

Rufus Woods

December 10, 2012

There is a growing recognition in our region of the linkage between economic development and conservation, which represents a shift in thinking from years past when it was assumed by many that the two values were mutually exclusive.