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Heart of Cascades Ph 2 - Bald Mtn/Rock Creek
- Funded in 2011
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to buy 7,711 acres on the east slope of the central Cascade Mountains near Yakima. A striking array of habitat and species occur here because of the substantial elevation change, from 2,500 feet to 6,000 feet in height, and the wide range of rain and snow levels. Spotted owls live in the old growth forests, mountain goats climb the upper elevations, coho salmon and steelhead live in the streams, and several species of lizards and snakes reside at the lower elevations. Four watersheds have their headwaters on Bald Mountain and feed both the Naches and Yakima Rivers. The land has a checkerboard of ownership and is within the Wenatchee National Forest, next to the Wenas Wildlife Area and State Department of Natural Resources’ forestlands. The land also is used extensively for recreation. This purchase is part of a larger effort that already has conserved 2,675 acres and is a critical match for recent federal funding.
What is the WWRP?
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.