Sinlahekin Ecosystem Restoration Phase 3

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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to restore approximately 1,000 acres within the Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek Wildlife Areas. The project will continue implementation of the recently completed Sinlahekin Fuels Reduction and Fire Regime Restoration Plan and will include logging and burning to thin out trees and brush. This project is expected to improve conditions for many wildlife species including flammulated owl, pygmy nuthatch and white-headed woodpecker that require late seral conditions. The Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek Wildlife Areas are in north central Washington, between Loomis and Conconully, in Okanogan County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 534500 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Okanogan Legislative District: 7 Status: Active RCO Project # 14-1508

Location Details

From Riverside north on SR 97 to about Mile Post 304.6. Turn left (west) on the South Pine Creek Road. Proceed west about 7 miles where road enters SWA, where in 0.1 miles you enter the worksite. Proceed west about 1/2 mile on Fish Lake Road to the intersection of Sinlahekin Road - the area on the east side of the road from this point north to about 3/4 and a mile north on Sinlahekin Rd toward Conconully to the boundary is within the worksite. From Tonasket west on 4th Ave across Okanogan River to the Hwy 7 Junction. Turn right (north) on Hwy 7 and proceed north to the Loomis Hwy Junction continuing on (west) to Loomis. Drive through Loomis and proceed straight (west) into a sweeping left turn onto Sinlahekin Road. Proceed south on Sinlahekin Road about 10 miles to the north end of Fish Lake; to the intersection of Sinlahekin Road - the area on the east side of the road from this point north 1 mile on Fish Lake Rd and 3/4 and a mile north on Sinlahekin Rd toward Conconully to the boundary is within the worksite.

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.