Trout Lake Meadow 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 Department of Natural Resources will conduct a restoration project within Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve (NAP). Overall 35 acres of wetland habitat will be restored through weed control, native plant establishment and hydrology improvements. There are also several old irrigation ditches that will need to be blocked to retain more water in the meadows. In the western portion of the site an old road was removed in 2014. Follow up work is needed to improve the hydrology to these drier meadows to improve overwinter habitat for migratory birds. The preserve contains high quality freshwater wetland ecosystems and supports a large population of the Oregon spotted frog, a state endangered species and federal threatened species. Trout Lake NAP is also a nesting and foraging area for the Greater Sandhill crane, a state endangered species. In addition two rare plants, pale blue-eyed grass, a state threatened and federal species of concern, and rosy owl clover, a state endangered species, are found in these seasonally wet meadows. The primary habitat to be restored is wetland.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 80300 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1674

Location Details

Trout Lake Natural Area Preserve is located approximately one mile northwest of the town of Trout Lake, situated 24 miles north of the city of White Salmon, all within the northwest corner of Klickitat County, Washington. From SR 14 on the Columbia River, turn north onto Highway 141 to the city of White Salmon. Continue north along the White Salmon River to the town of Trout Lake, approximately 24 miles. The NAP lies just north of the town along Mt. Adams Highway.

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.