Columbia Hills Grassland Restoration

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 will use this grant to restore the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve and Columbia Hills State Park, located on the eastern edge of the Columbia Gorge, near the town of Goldendale. This restoration project will treat nonnative species in select areas and restore the native plant communities within 25 acres of rare plant habitat. In addition, this project will restore 5 acres of oak habitat by controlling invasive species that have expanded and plant oaks where needed. Two interpretative signs will be placed along Stacker Butte road within Columbia Hills NAP. The primary habitat being restored is grassland and oak habitat.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $91,300.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1669

Location Details

From Goldendale follow US 97 south to Maryhill and take SR 14 west. Turn right on the Dalles Mountain Road, just after milepost 85. Follow the Dalles Mountain Road for 3 miles until you reach the Dalles Mountain Ranch. A road to your left will lead another 1.5 miles up the hill to the NAP entrance.

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.