The State Lands Development and Renovation category provides funding to two state agencies to repair, renovate, and develop outdoor recreation facilities on existing recreation lands. As the popularity of outdoor recreation increases in our state, these grants help address overcrowding, ensure our outdoor amenities are safe for public use, improve visitor experience, and allow more people to enjoy our great outdoors.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to renovate the Oak Creek Wildlife Area visitor’s center off U.S. Route 12, east of Naches in Yakima County. The department will renovate the restrooms on the outside of the visitor center, replace an additional two toilets, pave the area, and replace safety fencing. The department also will renovate the feed truck loading area so people with disabilities can ride the trucks used to feed hay to the elk during the winter. The site is used to view wintering elk.