Merrill Lake RP 2014

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will use this grant to acquire approximately 440 acres for Riparian Protection habitat and public recreational access. The property is located five miles north of the town of Cougar and east of the city of Woodland, between Merrill Lake and the Kalama River in Cowlitz County. It connects with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the north and Washington Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Resources Conservation Area to the south. It includes shorelines along the Kalama River, Merrill Lake, and Dry Creek, and high volume springs that feed the Kalama River. Acquisition of this property will protect habitat for steelhead, Coho and Chinook salmon, and high quality native plant communities and provide secure public recreational access to the shoreline.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: 2490217.37 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Cowlitz Legislative District: 20 Status: Active RCO Project # 14-1095

Location Details

From 1-5 at Woodland, travel approximately 27.3 miles East on SR 504 to the USFS 8100 road. Turn left (North) and travel approximately 6.8 miles to the gate on left entering the site (7500 road).

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.