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 Rock Creek/Cleman Ridge Forest project will treat 1,629 acres with mechanical thinning and some prescribed fire, with site specific prescriptions developed according to the restoration needs of each stand. The project area is within the Naches River Watershed northwest of Yakima, WA. Forest types to be treated range from dry mixed-conifer dominated by ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir, to wet mixed-conifer with western larch and some areas of western hemlock. This project will increase treated stands’ ability to endure subsequent disturbances by insects, drought, and wildfire through high tree vigor and variable habitat types across the landscape. The primary habitat being restored through this grant is forest habitat.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $296,161.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Kittitas, Yakima Legislative District: 13 Status: Active 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.