West Fork Washougal Conservation

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 West Fork Washougal Conservation project will conserve 307 acres and 3.12 miles of federally-listed salmonid shoreline habitat within the Washougal River watershed of the Lower Columbia River in Skamania County, WA. The project site contains 109 acres of riparian area, including 1.6 miles of shoreline on the West Fork Washougal River, and 1.52 miles of shoreline on perennial tributary Jackson Creek. The uplands consist of steeply sloped conifer forests, composed of mature Douglas-fir, cedar, and hemlock. This project will result in the preservation of one of the oldest and largest remaining private forests in the Washougal Watershed. It will support watershed processes and enable development of the large, woody structure that is necessary to restore instream habitat.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Columbia Land Trust Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $1,500,000.00 Applicant Match: $3,861,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Skamania Legislative District: 17 Status: Active RCO Project # 22-1623

Location Details

From State Route 14 in Washougal: Proceed north on Washougal River Rd. Turn left on NE Hughes Rd. Hughes becomes NE 392 Ave NE 392nd becomes NE 28th St NE 28th becomes NE Miller Rd. NE Miller becomes Skye Rd. Turn left on NE 412th Ave. Turn right on Skamania Mines Rd. Proceed across the W. Fork Washougal and onto the project site.

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.