|North Fork Cowiche Creek project|
(located in green)
The North Fork Cowiche Creek project is located about 15 miles northwest of Yakima on the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Nearly 3,000 elk migrate eastward through the area from publicly-owned summer range toward Cowiche Mountain. The elk must also cross several miles of privately-owned grounds undergoing significant development pressure so the project thwarts a possibly similar fate to this crucial migration corridor. In addition to elk, the project also benefits mule deer, bighorn sheep and a wide array of other species connected to the shrub-steppe and riparian habitats.
The tour included three stops that allowed participants the opportunity to walk in the mountains, soak in the scenic landscapes and view nearby past projects while also celebrating the North Fork Cowiche Creek project. They found themselves surrounded by abundant bunchgrass, Ponderosa pine, Oregon white oak, aspen and beautiful blue skies.