Merrill Lake RP 2016

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

Under this grant, WDFW acquired +/- 140 acres of Merrill Lake Phase 3 Property from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Cowlitz County (purchase and donation). Through other funding, WDFW purchased approximately +/- 298 acres in Phase 1 on December 29, 2015, 1,015 acres in Phase 2 on December 15, 2016, and acquired a donation of +/- 33 acres in Phase 3 on January 28, 2019. This transaction brought the total acreage acquired in all phases to approximately +/- 1,454 acres. Differences between the proposal and the grant outcomes included purchasing some of the acres during Phase 2 with RCO Grants 12-1135 and 14-1095. Due to this, WDFW did not require the entire grant budget to complete the Merrill Lake acquisition. Through this grant, WDFW also: – Treated 4 acres of noxious weeds – Posted 6 RCO acknowledgement signs and 1 kiosk – Placed barrier boulders

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $978,974.91 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Cowlitz Legislative District: 20 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1348

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.