White Salmon Oak NRCA Natural Area 2020

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 White Salmon Oak Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) is located in Klickitat County in the lower White Salmon River valley. This site contains a mixture of oak woodlands, mixed conifer-oak forests, and open grassland balds. In addition this site supports a population of two state sensitive plant species and provides valuable habitat for the western gray squirrel, a state threatened species. This project will add approximately 140 acres to the NRCA that will help further protect these features and will also significantly increase the sites contribution to western gray squirrel conservation. In addition this acquisition includes approximately .7 mile of the Weldon Wagon Trail used by the public for low impact hiking enhancing public access to this site and environmental education opportunities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $ 2,260,263.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Klickitat Legislative District: 14 Status: Board preliminary approvedĀ  RCO Project # 20-1338

Location Details


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.