Selah Cliffs NAP 2006

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to acquire 104 acres within the Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve, which provides protection for one of the largest populations of the basalt daisy, a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act. The basalt daisy’s global distribution is limited to the southern half of the Yakima River Canyon and the adjacent Selah Creek Canyon. The existing preserve encompasses more than 75 percent of this population. This acquisition will increase the proportion of the population that is protected, improve the department’s access to the site, and enhance the department’s ability to manage the site.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: 9803.34 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Yakima Legislative District: 15 Status: Not Completed RCO Project # 06-1827

Location Details

The project is located approximately 5 miles NE of Selah, Yakima County. The site stretches along Selah Creek from the eastern edge of State Highway 821 to the western edge of I-82.

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.