Bear Creek Riparian Protection Enhancement

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

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) used this grant funding to enhance Riparian Protection habitat along approximately 3.1 miles of Bear Creek within WDFW’s Mt. St. Helens Wildlife Area in Cowlitz County. The basic strategies were to control invasive species and increase structural diversity by establishing tree cover where it was not already present, selectively augmenting the shrub layer, and introducing conifers to increase diversity. Listed Coho and steelhead are the primary species benefiting from this project but elk winter range conditions was also be enhanced. Other species that are likely to use the site include western toad, northern alligator lizard, and yellow-rumped warbler.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 46500 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Cowlitz Legislative District: 20 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1315

Location Details

From Exit 49 on I-5, Travel East on SR 504 31 miles to the Weyerhaeuser 3100 road which is gated at all times. The worksite is 1.75 miles south on the 3100 from the gate.

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.