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Upper Yakima Watershed Action Group

Conservation Northwest is part of a voluntary group dedicated to restoring the Upper Yakima Watershed and addressing the social and ecological issues that arise in restoration.

WatershedRestoring the Upper Yakima watershed

Conservation Northwest is part of a voluntary group dedicated to restoring the health of the Upper Yakima Watershed in Washington and addressing the social, economic, and ecological issues that arise in restoration. The group is open to the public and meets quarterly.

As facilitators of the Action Group, we're helping design a blueprint for restoration action on 60,000 acres of habitat surrounding I-90. Plans include: floodplain restoration; the decommissioning of 200 miles of unnecessary roads, including road to trail conversion; and native plant restoration for the benefit of fish, wildlife and human visitors.

The Upper Yakima Watershed stretches from the peaks of Snoqualmie Pass eastward to just beyond Ellensburg including areas such as Gold Creek, Swauk Creek, Teanaway River, Manastash Creek, Iron Creek, and the Yakima River.

Our 2010 annual report highlights some of the investments of members of the Upper Yakima Watershed Action Group over the past year as well as plans to continue that restoration in the years ahead.

Swauk River in fall.  WDFW
Download a PDF map of the entire watershed with focal areas highlighted.
Please contact Jen Watkins if you are interested in participating or for further information on the Upper Yakima Watershed Action Group.

Other resources:

  • Map of potential Commercial Thinning Units in the Upper Yakima Watershed. Prepared by the Cle Elum Ranger District to facilitate discussion on upcoming plans for a stewardship contracting project to focus on restoration of plantation stands and road density reduction to meet AMA plan guidelines.
  • I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project. WSDOT's project webpage dedicated to this 15-mile project . The project encompasses restoration and passage measures to improve hydrology and wildlife connectivity in the Cascades landscape.

Participants in the watershed discussions:

Forterra, Washington State Department of Transportation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, American Forest Resources Council, Kittitas Conservation Trust, Kittitas Conservation District, Kittitas Audubon Society, WA Department of Ecology, Conservation Northwest, Washington Snowmobile Association, North Cascades Conservation Council, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, Mid Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Washington Water Trust, and Yakama Nation.

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