Simcoe 2018

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

The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to buy about 5,292 acres in the Simcoe Mountains of Klickitat County. The land includes mixed conifer, Oregon white oak, white alder, shrub steppe, grasslands, cliffs, and 16 miles of streambank habitat, which includes Columbia River tributaries. The project protects western gray squirrels, mule deer, northern goshawks, and western toads. Jointly managed by the department and the East and Central Klickitat Conservation Districts, this landscape connects grazing and forestry lands from the Columbia River to the Cascade Mountains. The project also will provide opportunities for hiking and hunting.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $ 4,235,000.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1336

Location Details

From Highway 97 at Goldendale, Klickitat County, travel 28 miles east on the Bickleton Highway. Turn north on Box Spring Road and drive 4 miles west to the yellow road gate. From the gate, go 1.25 miles west to the intersection with Bear Springs Road. Turn north on Bear Springs Road and go 2.5 miles to the east edge of the proposed acquisition.

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.