Castle Rock Ridge Acquisition

Category Overview

Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.

Project Highlights

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust seeks to acquire 398 acres for protection of high value shrub-steppe habitat in the Cascade foothills of Wenatchee, Washington. The property features a biodiversity corridor for a diverse array of plant life as well as species of state and/ or federal concern including mule deer and golden eagles. In addition to connectivity for wildlife, these parcels provide hiking access between the City of Wenatchee’s Lower Castle Rock Natural Area and USFS lands. Acquisition of these parcels is consistent with the Foothills Trails Plan, Foothills Community Strategy, and the City and County Comprehensive Plans. Strong demand for 20 acre view parcels on both flanks of this property mean that it is essential to permanently protect this property with willing landowners. 

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $660,000.00 Applicant Match: $674,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Chelan Legislative District: 12 Status: Active RCO Project # 22-1274

Location Details

From Wenatchee Avenue, turn west on Orondo Avenue, right on South Western Avenue, and left on Castlerock Avenue. Park at the City of Wenatchee trailhead and proceed westward to the eastern property boundary. Alternately, park at the end of Jennings Street and enter the property northeast corner via an access easement.

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.