North Okanogan County, WDFW Inholdings

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

The goal of this project is to acquire two separate but equally important Riparian Protection parcel areas.The first a 37-Acre parcel adjacent the Similkameen-Chopaka Unit of the Scotch Creek Wildlife Area and surround on all other sides by DNR property. The second worksite area is to acquire a the last remaining 16.5-Acre parcel on Eyhott Island, part of the Driscoll-Eyhott Island Unit of the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area. By purchasing these parcels WDFW protects critical riparian habitat, state imperiled Inter-mountain Basins Big Sagebrush Steppe and Ponderosa Pine Woodland as well as Savanna Ecological Systems . This habitat supports a diverse array of migratory neotropical birds and cavity nesting species such as wood ducks, hooded mergansers, and woodpeckers. The riparian habitat also supports our state-listed upper Columbia River steelhead as well as pacific lamprey, kokanee and a various PHS freshwater mussel species. By acquiring this last remaining parcel, management of the island will become more simplified through consolidation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $295,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Active RCO Project # 22-1238

Location Details

From Oroville southbound on Hwy 97, drive 3.0 miles and turn right onto Gavin Road. Drive another 0.25 miles south until administrative access gate. The property is west across the Okanogan River

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.