Methow Forest Restoration – Phase II

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 Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to complete silvicultural treatments on about 1,707 acres within the Methow Wildlife Area (MWA). Decades of fires suppression on the site have allowed a thick layer of forest plant materials to build up on the forest floor, leading to severe fires over the past several years. These severe fires contribute to a high degree of tree mortality and a loss of understory vegetation. Prescribed fires, manual tree removal and other treatments are expected to reduce the risk of high severity fires, improve the overall forest health and structure, improve wildlife habitat, and create forest habitat resilience to future disturbance so as to maintain the quality of WDFW wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities. The MWA is located primarily north of the Town of Winthrop in Okanogan County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 603875 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Okanogan Legislative District: 12 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1461

Location Details

Take HWY 97 north to HWY 153. Go north on 153 to Twisp. Near the city limits go right on Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Rd. Go right on Upper Bear Creek Rd. for approximately 3.5 miles to Methow Wildlife Area HQ.

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.