Naches and Cowiche Watershed – Phase 2

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

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife acquired 641 acres (Section 1, Township 15 North, Range 15 East) adjacent to the Oak Creek Unit of the Oak Creek Wildlife Area. The property contains bench and canyon topography with Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine forest with patches of mature timber, bitterbrush, and native grasses. Several springs originate on the property and provide source water to a small tributary to the Naches River. Purchase of the property will protect habitat for northern spotted owl, bull trout, gray wolf, flammulated owl, white-headed woodpecker, and golden eagle. The project also includes incidental expenses related to potential future acquisitions in the Cowiche Unit of the Wak Creek Wildlife Area.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: 188070.08 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Yakima Legislative District: 14 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1287

Location Details

From Yakima: Take Hwy 12 to 40th Avenue exit. Head south on 40th Ave. to Summitview Avenue and turn right. Drive several miles and turn left on Cowiche Mill Road. Go 6.5 miles and you will enter the project site which covers more than 5 miles of creek along the South Fork Cowiche and Reynolds creeks.

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.