Heart of the Cascades – South Fork Manastash

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 buy approximately 945 acres of forest and aquatic habitat on the east slope of the central Cascade Mountains in Kittitas County. The site is about 15 miles southwest of Ellensburg, between the LT Murray Wildlife Area to the east and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to the west. The objective of this project is to conserve critical habitat in a biologically rich and high priority location and protect public access. The property provides breeding and foraging habitat for northern spotted owls, supports large ungulate herds, and contains headwater streams that support steelhead and salmon recovery efforts. Recreational uses may include hiking, bird watching, hunting, and fishing. Conservation of this property will implement key elements identified in state and federal management and recovery plans, provide recreational access which is an important community and regional value, and secure a critical gap in the larger Heart of the Cascades landscape, thus increasing habitat connectivity.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: 1500000 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1343

Location Details

From Ellensburg, head west on 5th Ave toward Main street, turn left on Railroad Ave, continue on Anderson Rd., turn right on Umptanum rd., turn right onto Manastash Rd. 15.2 miles to destination on right

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.