Klickitat Steppe, Columbia Hills

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 used this grant to purchase 516 acres including about 1.4 miles of Swale Creek in Klickitat County. When combined with three adjacent sites, it creates the largest block of publicly owned shrub-steppe habitat in the county. The property is intended to help recover endangered and threatened species including the peregrine falcon, bald and golden eagles, and trout.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $607,850.89 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1814

Location Details

Go NE on Centerville Highway 12 miles Property is just west of Harms Rd. Centerville Highway is the southern boundary.

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.