West Rocky Prairie Phase 2

Category Overview

Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.

Project Highlights

This site represents one of the last opportunities to protect a large piece of functioning prairie/oak/wetland landscape in the Puget Trough and is one of only about 5 remaining high quality examples of glacial outwash prairie landscapes. W. Rocky Prairie contains about 300 acres of mounded prairie, 360 acres of wetlands and riparian systems, 40 acres of oak woodland and 300 acres mixed forest.This site contains a federally threatened and state endangered plant, water howellia, as well as a state sensitive plant, white-topped aster. The area is one of only two remaining sites in the Puget Trough of WA that contains all of the prairie specialist butterflies, including mardon skipper, Puget blue, whulge checkerspot, valley silverspot, coastal woodland skipper, Juba skipper, Sonora skipper, Oregon branded skipper and Dunn skipper, as well as the oak specialist, the Propertius’ duskywing. The extensive wetland-riparian complex supports 1 of 3 known populations of the endangered Oregon spotted frog and the Olympic mudminnow. This is also a prime site for reintroduction of the endangered western pond turtle. Declining prairie birds present include the Oregon vesper sparrow and western meadowlark.The site has been recommended for protection by the Interagency Prairie Landscape Working Group which includes DNR, Thurston County, US Fish & Wildlife Services, Environmental Protection Agency, The Nature Conservancy, Friends of Puget Prairie and the Washington Natural Heritage Program.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: $2,725,575.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 00-1428

Location Details

Take 1-5 south of Tumwater to Maytown exit. Head east on Maytown Road 2 miles and turn right on Tilley Road. Entrance is a short distance, first road on left with locked gate. Need permission for access. In general, the CITIFOR property is bounded on the west by Tilley Road, on the north and east by railroad right-of-ways and on the south by Beaver 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.