Priority Habitats and Species List

Priority Species include State Endangered, Threatened, Sensitive, and Candidate species; vulnerable animal aggregations (e.g., heron colonies, bat colonies); and vulnerable species of recreational, commercial, or tribal importance.

Priority Habitats are habitat types or elements with unique or significant value to a large number of species. A Priority Habitat may consist of a unique vegetation type (such as shrub-steppe), dominant plant species (such as juniper savannah), or a specific habitat feature (such as cliffs).

Cities and counties use the PHS List when designating and protecting Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas under the Growth Management Act and Shoreline Management Act.

Download the Priority Habitats and Species List

PHS Statewide List and Distribution by County

PHS on the Web

PHS on the web is an interactive map for citizens, landowners, cities and counties, tribal governments, other agencies, developers, conservation groups, and interested parties to find basic information about the known location of priority habitats and species in Washington. PHS is a source of best available science that can inform local planning activities, development projects, conservation strategies, incentive programs, and numerous other land use applications.

The species and habitats that appear on the map are informed by WDFW's PHS List. The map displays known locations of priority habitats and species that have been provided by department biologists and other sources of scientific data about species and habitat locations. Data is updated as new information is gathered and verified in the field. This map should not be considered an exhaustive survey of all fish and wildlife presence.

The data displayed on PHS on the Web is for informational purposes only. Before making final decisions about a project or plan using this map, WDFW strongly recommends a field visit by a fish and wildlife biologist or habitat expert to make determinations about species presence, absence, or exact location. The location of species can change over time, not every parcel has been surveyed and biologists add new field observations on a regular basis.

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Sensitive data

The specific location of some fish and wildlife information is not available on PHS on the Web. Those locations deemed “sensitive” by WDFW are not displayed on the map beyond a certain resolution (e.g. township or section) due to an increased risk of human interference. Eligible landowners, university researchers, government agencies, tribes, and some others may qualify to receive this data. Contact us at 360-902-2543 for more information about how to receive sensitive data.

Interactive mapping disclaimer

WDFW makes no guarantee concerning the data's content, accuracy, completeness, or the results obtained from queries or use of the data, including the underlying base maps. These data are not an attempt to provide you with an official agency response as to the impacts of your project on fish and wildlife. WDFW makes no warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, no representation as to the quality of any data, and assumes no liability for the data represented here.

The fish and wildlife data do not represent exhaustive inventories, but are compilations of knowledge from field biologists that are updated periodically as knowledge improves. It is important to note that habitats or species may occur on the ground in areas not currently known to WDFW biologists, or in areas for which comprehensive surveys have not been conducted. Site-specific surveys are frequently necessary to rule out the presence of priority habitats or species.

When conducting projects or planning for fish and wildlife, please consider using additional information gathered from field investigations and consultations with WDFW or other professional biologists. For WDFW assistance on a specific project, contact the nearest WDFW regional office.