Selah Cliffs NAP Shrub Steppe 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 Natural Resources will use this grant to restore native plants on 30 acres of shrub steppe and 10 acres of creekbank habitat in the 300-acre Selah Cliffs Natural Area Preserve. The preserve was established in 1993 to protect the largest known population of basalt daisy, a species listed as threatened with extinction by the State and as a federal species of concern. This species is known to exist in only a 10-mile stretch of the Yakima River canyon and Selah Creek. The department will remove nonnative species and plant native grasses and forbs in the meadow and treated areas along the valley bottom. The preserve includes the rocky floodplain of Selah Creek at the foot of the cliffs and areas of shrub steppe habitat. The cliffs, much of which are covered by colorful lichens, provide nesting and roosting habitat for raptors including prairie falcons, golden eagles and kestrels.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $70,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Yakima Legislative District: 15 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1354

Location Details

From Ellensburg take I-82 south to exit 26, and follow SR 821 for 2.3 miles. The entrance to the NAP is a gravel road located on the right side of SR 821.

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.