Camas Meadows Forest and Rare Plant Restoration II

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 Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Areas Program will use this grant to restore 220 acres of forest and wet meadow habitats through thinning, prescribed burning, invasive plant control, and planting of native vegetation in the Camas Meadows Natural Area Preserve, in Chelan County. The work will enhance habitat for the Wenatchee Mountains checkermallow, which is listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act, three rare plant species, and a variety of forest wildlife. The preserve contains the world’s largest population of the Wenatchee Mountains checkermallow and is critical to the species’ long-term survival. The preserve also supports more than 1,000 acres of dry forest habitat used by diverse populations of songbirds and raptors, as well as shoreline areas and forest openings, which provide habitat for the rare plant species. Past forest management and fire suppression have resulted in a dense forest with altered species composition, which degrades habitat quality for wildlife, impacts rare plant habitat, and puts the forest at risk for a high-intensity wildfire.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $ 117,500.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Chelan Legislative District: 12 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1894

Location Details

Located in Chelan County approximately 6 miles south of Dryden, WA. Take U.S. Highway 97 to Camas Creek Rd. (Forest Road 2315), which is located approximately 5 miles of the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 97. Travel east on Camas Creek Rd. for approximately 3.3 miles to a "Y" located at the northwest corner of the open meadows known as "Camas Land". This is the northern end of the NAP. The two gravel roads from here run along opposite sides of the meadow and other unpaved roads access portions of the 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.