S. Puget Sound Prairies & Oak Woodland

Category Overview

Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.

Project Highlights

Several agencies and organizations in addition to the project sponsor are committed to restoration and conservation of south Puget Sound prairie communities including the the Washington Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, Fort Lewis, and Thurston County Parks. The Nature Conservancy, with the assistance of several partners, drafted the South Puget Sound Prairies Site Conservation Plan to serve as the basis for future conservation and restoration efforts. This regional plan highlights the proposed project as of the highest priority. The project sponsor was unsuccessful in the acquisition component of the project; no acres were added to the prairie and oak woodland reserves at the Mima Mounds work site. Public access and restoration activities were completed at the West Rocky Prairie work site. Acquisition incidental costs associated with project #00-1428 are also included.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $177,813.47 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 02-1199

Location Details

Tenalquot Prairie-Old Hwy 99 south from Miller Brewing Company in Tumwater to left on Waldrick Rd. to vicinity of the intersection of Waldrick Road and Military Rd. Scatter Creek: I-5 south to exit 95 (Littlerock Maytown), onto Maytown Road westbound, to left on Case Rd. to first gate on right just prior to crossing Scatter Creek. West Rocky: Old Hwy 99 south from Miller Brewing Company in Tumwater to right on Angus Drive south of Offut Lake Rd. Go under railroad tracks on Angus Drive to view mounded prairie. Mima Mounds: I-5 south to exit 95 (Littlerock Maytown), onto Maytown Road westbound through Littlerock to left on Mima Gate Road to Bordeaux Road.

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.