Washougal Oaks NA 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 Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to restore approximately 252 acres of imperiled oak ecosystem in the Washougal Oaks Natural Area (NA) located in southeastern Clark County, Washington about 3 miles east of the town of Washougal, along Highway 14. This NA provides habitat for the rare small-flowered trillium, tall bugbane, slender-billed nuthatch and Larch mountain salamander. This project restored 25 acres of old fields cleared for agricultural use back to oak savannah. It also thinned conifer trees that were overtopping oaks in 70 acres of oak forest. This project also restored native forb and shrub communities using seed and cuttings collected from elsewhere on the site. Additionally, forty starling-proof bird houses were installed to enhance nesting options for the slender-billed nuthatch and other cavity nesting species.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $52,582.51 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Clark Legislative District: 17 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1534

Location Details

From Vancouver taking Highway 14 east for 11 miles. The western edge of the site is found about 3 miles east of Washougal on the north side of Highway 14. Access points include a gravel road that leaves Highway 14 at mile marker 20 (take the right fork), large pulloffs on the north side of highway 14 on the east and west side of Lawton Creek. Northern parts of the project area can be reached by taking Highway 14 east of Washougal and heading north on Gibson Road. After 2 miles on Gibson road take a right on 382nd street and a left on 70 th street. The northern edge of the preserve is found along 70th street.

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.