Sondino Pond

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 project is to acquire a 15 acre tract of land that is adjacent to the Sondino Pond property. It is critical habitat for the Western Pond Turtle. The existing Sondino Pond Site (180 acres) is the last remaining Western Pond Turtle site in the state and this site is used as the nursery area for introductions of the Pond Turtle to other sites around the state. The University of Washington has been taking turtle eggs and giving them a head start program to hatch the turtles and get them through their first year of life. This 15 acre site is used by the turtles for nesting and travel between properties. This site contains several small wetlands as well as a permanent pond. The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Nature Conservancy is in the process of buying the property with the hope of selling it to us. The legal description of the properties to be acquired is described in Exhibit A, which is by this reference incorporated into the Project Agreement.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $128,966.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 98-1015

Location Details

Traveling east on Highway 14, turn left onto Old Highway 8 (Lyle-White Salmon Road). Turn right on Biggers Road. Property is on the right starting at the corner of the Old Highway 8 and Biggers Road.

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.