L.T. Murray/Wenas Wildlife Area Rehab

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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife used this grant to restore shrub-steppe habitat at four locations on the L.T. Murray-Wenas Wildlife Area Complex. The lands were once used as farms or pasture, and at the time of application were highly degraded for wildlife habitat purposes. About 130 acres of alfalfa fields at Mountain Vale Ranch west of Selah were seeded with native grass and shrubs to returned to a more natural condition. Another 8 acres of hay and pasture north of Vantage near Quilomene Bay were restored through mowing, burning, treating of noxious weeds, and seeding with native species. On 150 acres above the Yakima River southwest of Ellensburg, the department mowed, burned, treated noxious weeds, seeded native species, and fertilized. On 5,000 acres in Skookumchuck, east of Ellensburg, the department treated weeds and seeded with native species.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $110,783.17 Applicant Match: $18,258.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Kittitas, Yakima Legislative District: 13 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1778

Location Details

All but one of these sites are in extremely remote parts of the 200,000 plus acre L.T. Murray/Wenas Wildlife Area Complex which spans disjunct portions of 2 counties. Access is difficult and on primitive roads. Driving directions would be very involved and difficult to follow. Please see the attached maps for reference and location, or contact Project Coordinator Cindi Confer or Wayne Hunt for further information and detailed directions if needed.

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.