Dyer Haystacks & Two Steppe NAPs 2010

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

The Department of Natural Resources intended to use this project to acquire property within the Dyer Haystacks and Two Steppe NAPs located in northern Douglas County. Lands proposed for acquisition provide habitat for federal and state listed species: sharp-tail grouse and sage grouse (federal species of concern and state threatened); sage sparrow, sage thrasher and golden eagle (state candidate species.) This project was coordinated with the State Department of Fish and Wildlife efforts to restore habitat for the listed species in Douglas County, and would have provided native habitat and a baseline for restoration and management monitoring. However, the properties were not acquired as the landowners declined offers made for the properties.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: 5207.18 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Douglas Legislative District: 12 Status: Not Completed RCO Project # 10-1471

Location Details

From Waterville: East on Hwy 2, appx. 15 mi. to junction with SR172; North on SR172 appx. 20 mi. to junction with Bridgeport Hill Road, north on Bridgeport Hill Road appx. 6 mi. to junction with Dyer Hill Road, turn left, go west and north on Dyer Hill Road appx. 3 mi. to junction with Gallaher Road, go north appx. 5 mi. to fork in road go left (northwest) 2 mi. to site (small hill with antenna on top).

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.