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

The Dishman Hills Conservancy will use this grant to buy 257 acres for wildlife and recreation, next to the Dishman Hills Conservation Area, about 3 miles from Spokane’s city limits. Dishman Hills is the wild heart of Spokane because it is surrounded by development. Conserving the land is important to maintain a corridor for wildlife movement and a diversity of plants. The forest is home to deer, moose, elk, cougars, black bears, pileated woodpeckers, flammulated owls, northern goshawk, Vaux’s swift, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. The area also is used for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and nature study. Dishman Hills Conservancy will contribute $803,700 in donations of cash.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Dishman Hills Conservancy Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $ 803,700.00 Applicant Match: $ 803,700.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Spokane Legislative District: 6 Status: Proposed 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.