Mid Columbia – Grand Coulee 2014

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

Under this grant, The WDFW acquired approximately 4198.45 acres of the Grand Coulee Ranch property in the Phase II of this multi-phase acquisition. Following the purchase of the property, WDFW completed boundary survey, weed control, and fence installation. Approved amendments to this project agreement included a time extension granted on December 12, 2017, and fencing, noxious weed control, and administrative costs for Grand Coulee Ranch Phase 1. On Phase 1 and Phase 2 property, WFDW: – Treated at least 480 acres of noxious weeds – Constructed six miles of new fence – Surveyed approximately 15 miles of boundary – Posted approximately 250-300 signs (standard DFW signs: WLA, No Vehicle, No Fire, ADA access, sharp-tailed grouse, sage grouse) Cultural Resource work was completed and indicate that no adverse effects were anticipated as a result of the acquisition and post-closing activities funded under this grant. Ground disturbing work was completed without encountering any unanticipated discoveries of cultural materials or human remains. There have been three individual reports completed that have covered work in Phases I and II. Buildings on the property were not removed. RCO approved WDFW to allow these structures to be retained for habitat purposes for a variety of species such as bats, ravens, snakes and owls among many others. RCO approval via email correspondence was attached in PRISM.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $4,000,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Douglas Legislative District: 7 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 14-1087

Location Details

From the intersection of State Highway 155 and 174 in the city of Grand Coulee Washington, travel west 6 miles on State Highway 174 to the intersection with Smith Lake Road. Turn north onto Smith Lake Road and travel north for 7.4 miles to the intersection of Road 23 Rex. Turn east onto Road 23 Rex and travel 0.75 miles to worksite entrance.

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.