Parke Creek Restoration

Category Overview

The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.

Project Highlights

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife used this grant to remove weeds and reseed 100 acres of degraded shrub-steppe and 10 acres of Riparian Protection in the Parke Creek and Little Parke Creek drainages. Livestock grazing, off-road vehicle travel, and logging have damaged the land and allowed weeds and undesirable grasses to establish. Shrub-steppe is a declining habitat that plays a vital role for wildlife, including sage grouse, Washington ground squirrel, sage thrasher, sage sparrow, Brewer’s sparrow, loggerhead shrike, and ferruginous hawk. Restoration of the Parke Creek area has contributed to the recovery efforts for sage grouse, which is a state threatened species. Invasive species such as foxtail barley and purple mustard were treated and replaced with native buchgrassess and forbs.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $70,521.79 Applicant Match: $4,646.78 Project Type: Restoration County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1530

Location Details

Begin at the intersection of University Way and Main in North Central Ellensburg, WA (El Caporal Restaurant at NW, Jack in Box at NE, 7-11 at SE, and a gas station at the SW). Proceed East on University Way. Continue East past the CWU campus on University Way, which turns into the Old Vantage Highway. Watch for Milepost 1 at University Way and Brick Road as you leave town. Continue East on this same road (Old Vantage Highway) to reach the Parke Creek access point. Continue past Milepost 4 at approximately Naneum Road. Watch for Milepost 10, then Parke Creek Road. Take a left here and continue North. Travel approx. 1.5 mi. to the end of pavement, then beyond according to the Wildlife Area Green Dot map and the attached ownership coverage maps. This road system is not yet marked for Green Dot Road Management, but no off-road motorized travel is permitted.

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.