Wenas Watershed Enhancement

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 Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to improve fish and wildlife habitat by restoring floodplain function along North Wenas Creek in the vicinity of the Mellotte bridge, and by thinning 200 acres of overstocked timber stands on the adjacent slopes of Cleman Mountain. Up to 50 wood structures will be placed in North Wenas Creek to provide habitat and structure for fish, including juvenile threatened steelhead. Floodplain function will be restored by removing the current undersized bridge and abandoning the floodplain road and placing a new bridge a half mile downstream where the channel is confined and the crossing structure is more-efficiently sited. The primary habitat types to be restored is riparian and upland forest.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $ 340,582.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Yakima Legislative District: 14 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1830

Location Details

From Selah drive west on North Wenas Road ~18 miles to the Mellotte Public Gate.

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.