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Upper Dry Gulch Natural Area
- Pending Legislative Action
If this grant is funded, the Department of Natural Resourcse will acquire up to 2,560 acres of land for addition to the Upper Dry Gulch Natural Area Preserve. The primary objective of this project is to protect a rare endemic plant species, Whited's milkvetch (Astragalus sinuatus). The entire known global extent of this species is within a narrow band extending for three miles between Colockum Creek and the existing Upper Dry Gulch NAP; it is designated as endangered by the Washington Natural Heritage Program and classified as a Species of Concern by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A secondary objective of the project is to protect shrub-steppe habitat, one of the most threatened ecosystems in Washington. A recent proposal for a large scale residential equestrian development in the Upper Dry Gulch area has increased the immediacy of the threat to the milkvetch and its habitat.
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.