South Sound Prairies 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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to purchase approximately 634 acres of prairie and oak woodlands interspersed with mixed conifer forest, wetland, and Riparian Protection. Species that will benefit from this acquisition include the federally listed Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly and the Mazama Pocket Gopher. Additionally, the acquisition will protect four WDFW Ecological Systems of Concern: Willamette Valley Upland Prairie, Willamette Valley Wet Prairie, North Pacific Oak Woodland, and Temperate Pacific Freshwater Marsh. The site is located near the city of Tenino in Thurston County. The primary conservation value provided by this acquisition is habitat conservation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $5,374,968.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 20, 35 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1333

Location Details

Two miles southwest of the city of Tenino on Old Hwy 99

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.