Mt Adams Klickitat Canyon Phase II

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

This project successfully conserved 2,728 acres of diverse, high quality habitats including mixed conifer forests, oak woodlands, freshwater and riparian wetlands, talus slopes, and cliffs as well as 1 mile of the mainstem Klickitat River and 1.7 miles of two important perennial, clear water tributaries. The project site provides habitat for at least 15 federally listed or at risk wildlife species and 21 state listed or at risk species. During initial habitat mapping efforts, Washington Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage staff documented multiple rare plant associations on the site including one that has never been documented in Washington State before. Primary priority species supported by this project include the northern spotted owl, bull trout, mid-Columbia steel head and Chinook salmon, black-tailed and mule deer, western gray squirrels, and mountain goat. Additional benefitting species include five species of bat and a host of neo-tropical migratory birds. As important the site connects with an expands the 2,400-acre Klickitat Canyon Phase 1 property now owned by WA DNR and over a million acres of conserved land in the closed portion of the Yakama Indian reservation. It also connects a critical portion of a now 27-mile long corridor of the mainstem Klickitat River that is in conservation ownership, and conserves the last remaining portions of White Creek and Summit creek not in conservation ownership. Conservation ownership enables future habitat restoration opportunities if and as needed and protects access to the entire project area.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Columbia Land Trust Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $2,440,525.00 Applicant Match: $2,096,725.04 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1915

Location Details

From Vancouver, WA travel east on WA Hwy 14 to Lyle, WA. At Lyle, WA drive north on WA 142 north for 24 miles. Turn left onto Glenwood-Goldendale Rd for 12 miles. Right onto Klickitat River Rd/Trout Creek Rd for 3.5 miles. Right onto Summit Creek Rd.

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.