The Wild Heart of Spokane 2018 UWH

Category Overview

Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.

Project Highlights

Dishman Hills Conservancy (DHC) applied to the RCO grant for the purpose of acquiring land. With this grant and additional funding sources, DHC has purchased 240 acres of land for wildlife conservation and recreational access. The Big Rock Addition is adjacent to current DHC Area holdings and is 120 acres. This property is included in the Spokane County Parks Trails Plan and in agreement with Spokane County Parks, Recreation and Golf, the property is accessed for public recreation. A trail has been built on the property. Through the use of the RCO grant and additional funding, DHC purchased The Wilson Conservation Area which is an additional 120 acres and approximately .25 miles from the Big Rock Addition. This property contains 120 acres strictly for wildlife conservation and recreation. This property had 3 structures on it that have been removed. Properties with trails have been marked with RCO Grant signs.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Dishman Hills Conservancy Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $596,402.06 Applicant Match: $596,402.06 Project Type: Acquisition County: Spokane Legislative District: 9 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 18-1282

Location Details

From the intersection of 57th Avenue and the Old Palouse Highway, proceed south 2.4 miles to Willow Springs Road. Turn left on Willow Springs and continue 2.0 miles to the subject property. Willow Springs Road terminates at the property.

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.