Klickitat Canyon Deer Creek Wetland Restoration

Category Overview

The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to restore the 122-acre Deer Creek wetland in the Klickitat Canyon Natural Resources Conservation Area, 3 miles northeast of Glenwood. The wetland is used by the greater sandhill crane, a state endangered species. One of only five sandhill crane nesting areas in Washington is near the project site. The site provides important foraging habitat during the nesting season. The Deer Creek wetland has been seriously damaged by ditching, roads, livestock grazing, and invasion by non-native species. The primary habitat type being restored is wetland.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $111,500.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Yakima Legislative District: 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 22-1405

Location Details

Eastside from White Salmon (or Highway 14): Take Hwy 141 north toward Trout Lake for ~20 miles and then turn right on Warner Rd. In ~1 mile turn left/continue onto Sunnyside Rd. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Trout Lake/Glenwood Highway toward Glenwood. In ~11 miles, continue through Glenwood and drive another ~12 miles. Turn left on Trout Creek Rd/Champion Rd (Glenwood Valley Timber Mill will be on the right side of the highway). (From here you have ~12 miles to go on unimproved roads). Continue on Trout Creek Rd/Champion Rd to cross Klickitat River, then stay left along the river (always stay left to stay on main road). After ~12 miles, take a road to the left and you will quickly come to a closed green gate immediately in front of a bridge. Stay right after the bridge until the road veers north (the first left will take you to the lower Deer Creek wetland; the second left will take you to the Ladiges cabin area.

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.