Columbia Hills NAP 2008

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

Under this proposal, 50.32 acres were acquired and included in the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve (NAP). This site is located on the crest of the Columbia Hills at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It contains the largest remnant of one of Washington’s rarest types of grassland ecosystems, as well as the state’s largest populations of three rare plant species: obscure buttercup, Douglas’ draba, and hot-rock penstemon. Oak-pine woodlands, basalt cliffs, and a number of natural springs add to the diversity of habitats found on this large site. A rich and well-documented history, as well as exquisite panoramic views contributes to this site’s significance.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $91,261.40 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1176

Location Details

From the intersection of SR 14 and US 197 about 3 miles NE of Dallesport, travel east on SR 14 about one mile and turn left on Dalles Mountain Road. Continue into Horsethief Lake State Park, turning left on Stacker Butte Road at about 3 miles from SR 14. Proceed about 1.5 miles to NAP boundary.

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.