Simcoe 2020

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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to purchase about 5,112 acres in the Simcoe Mountains in Klickitat County. The property includes mixed conifer, Oregon white oak, white alder, shrub steppe, grasslands, cliffs, and 26 miles of Riparian Protection. The property provides habitat for federally listed steelhead, state threatened western gray squirrel, mule deer, rainbow trout, northern goshawk, and western toad. Grazing will occur on this property. The primary benefit of this project is habitat conservation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $4,000,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1225

Location Details

From Goldendale, travel 9 miles north on Highway 97 to the intersection with Box Canyon Road. Turn east (right) onto Box Canyon Road and travel 4 miles to the 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.