Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA

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Protecting our shrub-steppe and
connecting people to this vanishing landscape

News & Events

Upcoming Community Walks

Community Walks are offered monthly and are open to all ages. Walkers should wear sturdy shoes and outdoor clothes and come prepared for any weather. Feel free to bring binoculars and cameras. Call (509) 248-5065 with questions or email

Meditation Walk
Saturday, December 17, 10 am at Cowiche Canyon - Weikel Entrance

Nature gives us many opportunities to connect with ourselves and the world around us. Join CCC on a guided walk through Cowiche Canyon. Guide leaders will help you walk with awareness and experience Cowiche Canyon from a new perspective. No prior meditation experience necessary. Meet at 10 am in the parking lot at the Weikel Entrance of Cowiche Canyon.

Tracks in the Snow (or Mud)
Saturday, January 21, 10 am at Snow Mountain Ranch

The winter landscape creates a perfect opportunity to look for animal tracks. Have you ever come across tracks in the wild and wondered what animal left them there - was it a deer, a coyote, a beaver? Join CCC Volunteers for a guided walk around Snow Mountain Ranch in search of animal tracks. Meet in the parking lot.  Family Friendly.

Winter Lecture Series

Each Winter CCC partners with Yakima Valley College (YVC) to offer a series of lectures focused around topics related to the shrub steppe habitat of our lands. Lectures are held at 7 pm in Glenn Anthon Hall on the YVC Campus.

Tuesday, January 10 - 7:00 pm at YVC, Glenn Anthon Hall Rm 215
Disneyland for Geologists by Nick Zentner

Nick Zentner has been teaching geology at Central Washington University for 25 years.  In this talk, he will highlight the amazing variety of geologic stories that are behind the familiar landmarks of central Washington. Ice Age Floods, Giant Lavas, Petrified Forests, Earthquake Faults, etc.

Tuesday, February 21 - 7:00 pm at YVC, Glenn Anthon Hall Rm 215
Cottonwoods by Tom Elliott



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2015 Annual Report

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Another 200 acres protected at Snow Mountain Ranch


2,900 Acres protected!

Thanks to the legacy of open space created by the rangeland grazing history of the Tieton Cattle Association and the Corrado and Rightmire families, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy (CCC) the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) were able to add 2,900
acres of habitat to the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. Working together in a new way, WDFW and its non-profit partners secured shrub-steppe mitigation funds from the Kennewick Irrigation District and the Department of Ecology to protect this landscape for future generations. WDFW will manage the lands as part of the
Oak Creek Wildlife Area, while CCC will retain the grazing rights to ensure that the sustainable working land values of the community are honored. RMEF, CCC, WDFW, Kennewick Irrigation District, and the
Department of Ecology provided the funding for this project.

What this means for us is that we will manage an historic grazing operation for the next five years until the current operator retires after 45 years of "light on the land" family grazing. CCC received a permanent "grazing easement" over the entire 2,900 acres, which is now owned by the state. CCC, RMEF and WDFW will work together to maintain habitat for fish and wildlife, provide back country recreation, and explore options for future sustainable grazing opportunities.


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Regularly Scheduled Events:

CCC Board Meetings: second Mondays of the month, 12:00 pm, Yakima Herald Republic conference room

Stewardship Committee Meetings: third Tuesdays of the month, 12:00 pm, CCC office

Trails Committee Meetings: third Wednesdays of the month, 12:00 pm, CCC office








Photograph by David Hagen

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy
P.O. Box 877
Yakima, Washington 98907
Tel. (509) 248-5065
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