Rock Creek-Cleman Ridge Forest 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 Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to thin and sometimes burn 1,499 acres in the Rock Creek-Cleman Ridge forest, in the Oak Creek Wildlife Area, northwest of Yakima. Past logging removed many of the large trees, leaving smaller, shade-tolerant trees. The restoration will increase the forest’s ability to survive insects, drought, and wildfire by increasing the trees’ health and varying the habitat types across the landscape. The work will ensure that the forests provide hunting and fishing opportunities, and become quality habitat to species such as mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and northern spotted owls.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $ 296,161.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Kittitas Legislative District: 13 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1774

Location Details

The FS-1702 (Rock Creek) Rd serves as the primary access route to sections 27, 29, and 33. FS-1702 is located approximately 18.6 miles west along WA-410 after the US Hwy 12/WA-410 junction. Section 31 is accessed by an unnamed gated road approximately 3 miles west of the WA-410/FS-1702 junction. Sections 5 & 7 are accessed via the FS-1708 (Milk Creek) Rd, which is approximately 6.5 miles west of the WA-410/unnamed road junction. Interested parties should contact the project sponsor for additional details and gate access.

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.