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Washougal Oaks NAP/NRCA 04
- Funded in 2005
This proposal is for acquisition of privately owned properties located east of Washougal at the western edge of the Columbia River Gorge in Clark County. It is part of a larger project area that encompasses the largest high-quality native oak woodland remaining in western Washington. This type of ecosystem is of major conservation concern due to historic losses and ongoing degradation. In addition, a fish-bearing stream inside a steep forested ravine runs through the heart of the site. The site supports two state sensitive plant species, and two rare or threatened animal species: Slender-billed Nuthatch, and Lower Columbia Steelhead. The proposed combination of Natural Resource Conservation Area and Natural Area Preserve will complement existing conservation work within the project area by DNR's partners, which include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge), U.S. Forest Service (Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area), and the Columbia Land Trust. These acquisitions are the second phase of a multi-phased project with the long-term objective of protecting the oak woodland and associated species from future residential development, other incompatible uses, and exotic plant species.
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.