Washougal Oaks NAP/NRCA 2006

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 used this grant to acquire 45.63 acres east of Washougal as part of a larger area that encompasses the largest, high-quality, native oak woodland remaining in western Washington. The land supports two state sensitive plant species and two rare or threatened animal species: slender-billed white-breasted nuthatch and lower Columbia River steelhead. This acquisition was part of a multi-phased project with the long-term objective of protecting the oak woodland and its inhabitants from incompatible uses.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $582,653.30 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Clark Legislative District: 17 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1812

Location Details

The project is located approximately 3.5 miles east of downtown Washougal on Highway 14. Work site is located mostly north of the highway on both the west and east sides of Lawton Creek.

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.