Bald Restoration at Beacon Rock State Park

Category Overview

The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.

Project Highlights

This project will restore 11of the 32 acres of balds along the Hamilton Mt. Trail in Beacon Rock State Park within the Columbia River Gorge, Skamania County. North Pacific Herbaceous Balds and Bluffs (balds) are listed as vulnerable (S3) by the Washington Natural Heritage Program, are species rich with unusual assemblages of plant species and often support populations of special status species. The balds along Hamilton Mt. Trail have been degraded by increased use over the past 10 years, through trampling, off-trail use, erosion and spread of weedy plant species. This project will restore affected areas of the balds in conjunction with a trail redevelopment project.  It will control invasive plants, close social trails and seed and plant with native bald species. Management plans and conservation measures will be developed and implemented for special status species.  Interpretive signs and materials will be developed in cooperation with the trail redevelopment project.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: State Parks Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $ 92,000.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Skamania Legislative District: 14 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1590

Location Details

From Vancouver, WA, follow Highway 14 to Beacon Rock State Park. Turn left into the park at the second entrance and follow the park road to the Hamilton Mt. trailhead. Hike the trail to the balds. Alternatively make arrangements with park staff to drive you to the Saddle, the northernmost part of the balds, and hike to the work site.

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.