Cowiche Watershed 2018

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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to acquire approximately 4,480 acres within the Cowiche Watershed. The property includes shrub steppe and oak-ponderosa pine woodland habitat and more than seven miles of Riparian Protection along Cowiche Creek. This acquisition provides crucial winter range for deer and elk and offers protection of the migration zone for the largest elk herd in Washington State. It also protects habitat for listed Mid-Columbia steelhead, the state threatened western gray squirrel, nearly 70 species of butterflies, and numerous cavity nesting bird species including the Lewis’s woodpecker. The primary conservation opportunity provided by this grant is habitat conservation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $1,250,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Yakima Legislative District: 13, 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1334

Location Details

From Yakima, drive out Summitview Avenue to Cowiche Mill Road, drive out Cowiche Mill Road approximately 7.5 miles and you have arrived at the eastern boundary of the property near SF Cowiche Creek.

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.