Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA

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connecting people to this vanishing landscape

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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. Walks typically last 1.5 - 2 hours. Feel free to bring binoculars and cameras. Call (509) 248-5065 with questions or email

Fall Colors Walks | Snow Mountain Ranch
Saturday, October 21, 10 am to noon

Experience the gorgeous colors of the fall at our annual Fall Colors Walks. Walks and hikes of varying lengths are available. Trained guides will lead you around the Snow Mountain Ranch trail system.  Walks are family friendly and geared to all ages and abilities. There is no charge to participate. Meet in the parking lot at the check-in station at 10 am. Volunteers will be available to help with trail selection. Wear sturdy shoes and layers of outdoor clothing for variable weather. Bring sunscreen, water, binoculars, and a camera.

Photography Hike with David Hagen | Cowiche Canyon - Weikel
Saturday, November 4 at 2:30 pm

Join Photographer David Hagen on a hike through Cowiche Canyon where he will point out some of his favorite vantage points 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. David has been photographing the beauty of Cowiche Canyon for over 30 years.

Meet at the trailhead at 2:30 pm. Bring your camera and wear sturdy shoes and outdoor clothes and come prepared for any weather. Call (509) 248-5065 with questions or email

Full Moon Hike | Snow Mountain Ranch
Sunday, December 3 at 4:30 pm

Join CCC Trail Guides for a Full Moon Hike. This will be a moderate hike with some elevation gain. The hike will be about 90 minutes long and approximately 3 miles.

Meet in the SMR parking lot at 4:30 pm. Wear sturdy shoes and outdoor clothes and come prepared for any weather. Call (509) 248-5065 with questions or email

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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 Meetings

CCC Board Meetings: second Mondays of the month (no meeting in August), 12:00 pm, Yakima Herald Republic Conference Room

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

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

Education and Community Outreach Program Committee Meetings: quarterly, second Tuesday of January, April, July, and October, 7:00 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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