Beebe Springs Natural Area Phase 3 Development

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 used this grant to improve Beebe Springs Natural Area, which surrounds the Chelan Hatchery. The project is Phase 3 of a a multi-phased project to preserve and restore riparian and shrubsteppe habitat on a property formerly in orchard. Phase 3 included extending the trail system and completing additional Riparian Protection and anadromous fish rearing enhancements. A side-channel rearing area and islands for anadromous fish along the Columbia River shoreline, shrub steppe restoration, and native riparian plant restoration were developed. Upland improvements included an extension of the trail loop, a hand-carry boat launch that will provide access for small boats, and interpretive signage. JA Brennan Associates in collaboration with URS prepared detailed plans and specifications for extensive additional side channels connected with the main stem of the Columbia River to provide off channel rearing for steelhead, trout and salmon. They designed expanded trails to connect both the past and present improvements at the site, Landscape planting, interpretive panels and all necessary regulatory permits for the work were included in their tasks. The design effort included an experimental rearing pond fed directly with Beebe Creek water to provide rearing opportunities off channel without intrusion of native predators from the main stem of the Columbia.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $250,000.00 Applicant Match: $250,000.00 Project Type: Development & Restoration County: Chelan Legislative District: 12 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1494

Location Details

At the intersection of Highway 97A and Highway 150 in Chelan, head east 3.1 miles on Highway 150 to the intersection of Highway 97. Turn left (north) on Highway 97 for .25 miles to the turn-in to the project site on the right (east) side of the highway.

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.