Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA

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Protecting our shrub-steppe and
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

Wine to Wild Hikes at Wilridge Winery | 250 Ehler Road, Yakima
Tuesday, July 11 @ 6 pm
Tuesday, August 8 @ 6pm

Join CCC Trail Guides on a hike along the Winery Trail. Guides will share their knowledge of Cowiche Canyon. The hike will be approximately 75 minutes and 1.6 miles. The Winery Trail switchbacks down the side of the Canyon and the views are spectacular. Wear sturdy shoes and come prepared for variable weather. This hike is offered as part of Weeknights with Wilridge. Meet in the lawn at 6 pm.


Outside the BOXX
art inspired by Cowiche Canyon Conservancy lands

Exhibit open July 1 - 29 at BOXX Gallery| 616 Maple Street, Tieton
Open Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm

Saturday, July 1 | 11 am - 4 pm | Exhibit Opening 

Saturday, July 8 | 11 am - 4 pm | Artist Reception

Wednesday, July 19 | 10:30 am - noon | Creative Coffee

Music & Monarchs
Butterfly Release Party featuring Blake Noble
Sunday, August 27 | 2 -4 pm | Purchase tickets
Cowiche Creek Brewing Company | 514 Thompson Road, Cowiche



Read more about the work of Cowiche Canyon Conservancy:

Winter 2017

Summer 2016

Winter 2016


Annual Reports





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.


Planning on Using our Sites for an Event?

Download the Licensing Agreement for Site Use


Regularly Scheduled Events:

CCC Board Meetings: second Mondays of the month, 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








Photograph by David Hagen

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