Upper Dry Gulch NAP Natural Area 2020

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to acquire approximately 2,161 acres of shrub-steppe habitat consisting of two private properties and a DNR trust land parcel for inclusion in the Upper Dry Gulch Natural Area Preserve. This site is located ten miles south of Wentachee and was designated to provide protection for a rare endemic plant species, Whited’s milkvetch (Astragalus sinuatus). The entire global distribution of this species consists of less than 9 square miles centered around the NAP and this project will increase the potential for the species long-term survival. The primary conservation opportunity provided by this project is increased protection for this extremely rare plant community, as well as exceptional opportunities for scientific research and environmental education for local school groups and the public.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $2,622,472.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Chelan Legislative District: 12 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1335

Location Details


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.