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

This grant is one of a series of related awards (see Simcoe 2016, 16-1346 and Simcoe 2020, 20-1225) that is focused on preserving portions of the Simcoe Mountains in Klickitat County for habitat protection. With support from this award, WDFW staff explored the possibility of acquiring the Bickelton property, however that acquisition was ultimately unsuccessful. In addition, this grant supported the beginning stages of the purchase for the Simcoe Phase 6 property, including negotiations and management time, along with the appraisal. Acquisition of the property is planned to continue under the related grant, 20-1225.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $587,594.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Active 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.