Wenatchee Sleepy Hollow Floodplain Protection

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust will use this grant to buy 37 acres of floodplain along the Wenatchee River, preventing development of a six-unit cluster subdivision already approved by Chelan County. The land trust would allow the river to rework the floodplain unimpeded, which it substantially modified during floods in the 1990s. The land trust also would remove a barn. The area is the largest undeveloped floodplain along the lower Wenatchee River. The area also is identified as a high priority for preservation in its undeveloped state. Acquisition will protect intact and functioning floodplain, primarily forested, and the inlets of two large seasonal side channels. The river is used by Chinook Salmon, which endangered, and steelhead and Bull Trout, both of which , which are listed as threatened with extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act, as well as by Coho and Sockeye salmon. It also is important habitat for mule deer, passerines, raptors, waterfowl, and beavers. The land trust will allow the public access from a nearby county road for non-motorized recreation such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, and floating. The lower Wenatchee River has no public access from land between parks at Monitor (3 miles upstream) and the mouth (3 miles downstream). The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust will contribute $330,400 from a local grant, a grant from the Washington State salmon recovery program, and donations of labor.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: 319600 Applicant Match: 330400 Project Type: Acquisition County: Chelan Legislative District: 12 Status: Merged RCO Project # 16-1871

Location Details

Approximately 2 miles W of Wenatchee, turn off Hwy 2 onto Lower Sunnyslope Rd heading S. Proceed S, then E ~ 1/4 mi. Shortly after the sharp bend in the road look for driveway 1205 Lower Sunnyslope Rd and turn right to enter property. Walk past the house and towards the river. House is unoccupied but please contact CDLT before you visit so we can ask property manager. If you get to the house with the giant salmon you've gone one driveway too far.

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.