Cowiche Watershed 2016

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 Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will use this grant to acquire approximately 3,200 acres of priority riparian and upland wildlife habitat in the Cowiche Watershed project area, located about 15 miles northwest of Yakima in Yakima County. This project will allow WDFW to link 2 existing wildlife area units (Cowiche and Oak Creek) totaling 5,600 acres and further link with other public lands, thereby connecting a landscape of over 80,000 acres to conserve cold water inputs for Cowiche watershed Steelhead, Bull Trout Westslope Cutthroat Trout and Coho Salmon, as well as winter range and movement corridors for elk and other big game. This project will also provide the public with recreational opportunities, including hunting, wildlife viewing, camping, hiking and biking.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $3,000,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Yakima Legislative District: 13, 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1344

Location Details

Lenz/Weaver/Trepanier- From Yakima go west on Summitview Ave before reaching the Cowiche Community turn left on Cowiche Mill Rd. Follow Cowiche Mill Rd approximately 6.5 miles until you reach the worksite. Griffith/Schaffel - From Yakima go west on Summitview Ave. Follow Summitview through the Cowiche Community, before reaching Tieton turn left on Hatton Rd. Follow Hatton Rd continue through the elk fence and drive for an additional 3 miles until you reach the worksite.

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.