Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA

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

News & Events

Music & Monarchs Butterfly Release Party featuring Blake Noble

Sunday, August 28, 2 - 4 pm at NHV/Wilridge Wineries, 250 Ehler Road
Butterfly Release will take place at 3:00 pm.
Tickets $10/person. Open to all ages. Kids 12 and under are free.
Purchase tickets.

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

Tuesday Night at the Heights - Hike the Winery Trail
Tuesday, September 20, 6 pm at NHV/Wilridge Wineries

Join CCC Trail Guides on a hike along the Winery Trail. Guides will share their knowledge of Cowiche Canyon. The hike will be approximately 60 minutes and 1.6 miles in length. The Winery Trail switchbacks down the side of the canyon and the views are spectacular. This hike is offered as part of NHV and Wilridge Wineries Tuesday Nights at the Heights. NHV/Wilridge Wineries located at 250 Ehler Road, Yakima.

Fall Colors Walks and Hikes
Saturday, October 22, 10 am at Snow Mountain Ranch

Experience the beauty of the changing season. Hikes of varying length and difficulty. Hikes range from .5 miles to 6.5 miles. Meet in the parking lot at 10 am. Hikes will be guided by CCC Volunteers. All ages welcome. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for changing weather.

Photography Hike with David Hagen
Saturday, November 5, 10 am at Cowiche Canyon - Weikel Entrance

During this hike David will point out to participants some of his favorite vantage points in the Canyon for fall color.  The emphasis of instruction will be on seeing and composition.  As much one-on-one assistance will be given as group size allows.

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.

Summer 2016 Newsletter

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Winter 2016 Newsletter

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2015 Annual Report

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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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