Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway Corridor

A Forterra Corridor

Forterra has been leading conservation and community building efforts in the Yakima River Corridor including Teanaway River Valley, Swiftwater Corridor and Yakima River Scenic Byway. With projects ranging from landscape-scale conservation acquisitions, to education and outreach, to construction of interpretive facilities, Forterra continues to lead the way, bringing a comprehensive approach to maximize the public and community value of this corridor.

Yakima River Canyon
Photo by Charlie Raines

The Yakima River Canyon is the embodiment of Central Washington’s natural beauty. With breathtaking shrub steppe vistas, rich riparian lands and important geological and cultural history, it is both the heart of outdoor recreation and one of the most ecologically significant landscapes in Kittitas and Yakima Counties. The Canyon is vitally important to the region’s economy, community and environment. Forterra has been leading an effort to highlight and prioritize the importance of the Canyon.

In 1968, Governor Dan Evans recognized the significance of this Canyon and designated it Washington’s first Scenic Byway. Outdoor enthusiasts come from far and wide for the Canyon’s exceptional blue ribbon fishing, river rafting, biking, hunting and more. The landscape also provides critical habitat for migratory fish, raptor birds and bighorn sheep.

Forterra worked with a broad base of partners to update the corridor management plan, a blueprint for the Byway that was never implemented.  The update was completed in 2014 and Forterra is now working with partners to implement the recommendations from the YRCSB Corridor Management Plan.

In addition, Forterra continues to focus on several land conservation projects and working to find funding mechanisms to secure the intrinsic values in the Canyon.

For more information or to learn how you can help, please contact Forterra’s Kittitas County office at (509) 962-1654 or email us.