Implementing the Master Plan for the WSU Arboretum & Wildlife Conservation Center

Through a remarkable series of developments, the WSU Arboretum and Wildlife Conservation Center now begins life as a new arboretum system with an integrated biodiversity center conducting research on bears, raptors, bats, birds, and a diversity of wildlife species. Fortunately, the WSU Arboretum is not starting from bare soil. The 100-acre site (shown partially above) contains a small 70-year old, naturalized forest that supports nesting hawks and frogs, bats, butterflies, native bees, owls, and other wildlife. It contains a small stream, wetlands, grasslands with some restored Palouse Prairie plants, and a primitive road and trails.

Consequently, there is immediate work needed to manage the landscape, begin teaching and research activities, and implement the first phases of arboretum planning and design. The results of this work will take many years to mature, but every major journey begins with a first step, and we have taken the first step to develop the WSU Arboretum & Wildlife Conservation Center for future generations to enjoy at Washington State University.

If you would like to help develop the WSU Arboretum & Wildlife Conservation Center, please contact us so that we may be sure you receive information about future events in the AWCC and development activities.