Washougal Oaks Natural Area 2016

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 200 acres located within The Washougal Oaks Natural Area. This project is part of an ongoing effort to acquire quality habitat in this conservation landscape, which encompasses the largest high-quality native oak woodland remaining in western Washington. The site supports two state sensitive plant species, and two rare or threatened animal species: Slender-billed Nuthatch, and Lower Columbia Steelhead. Washougal Oaks Natural Area is located along the Columbia River Gorge in Clark County. The site will be used for habitat conservation and passive recreation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: 1338073 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Clark Legislative District: 18 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1441

Location Details

The project is located approximately 3.5 miles east of downtown Washougal on Highway 14. Worksite 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.