Mima Mounds NAP 2010

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

The Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to acquire 150 acres of oak woodland, prairie, and riparian habitat within the existing Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve. This preserve, located in Thurston County, is one of the largest intact prairie sites left in western Washington and includes the last, best example of mounded prairie in the state. The prairie and oak habitats on the site support populations of a number of prairie-dependent butterflies and birds, including the Valley silverspot, Oregon branded skipper, western meadowlark, and savannah sparrow. Mima Mounds is also a high priority location for re-introduction of other imperiled prairie species such as the Mardon skipper butterfly and golden paintbrush.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $ 281,669.41 Applicant Match: $ - Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1465
Photo Credit: Ben Tesch
Photo Credit: Morgan Davis
Photo Credit: Morgan Davis
Photo Credit: RCO PRISM

Location Details

Take exit 95 from I-5, proceed west on SR 121 through Littlerock. Continue west on 128th to T. Turn left on Mima Road, about 1 mile to right on Bordeaux 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.