Sensitive Species Habitat Management


The Olympia Airport strives to maintain a balance between the needs of an aviation transportation facility and the plant and animal species that inhabit the unique prairie environment that exists on the airfield. The Port has been working with local, state and federal agencies in this effort for many years.

Best Management Practices

The airport maintenance staff adjusts the mowing schedule in known nesting areas for the streaked horned lark in order to accommodate the June through September nesting and clutching season. Additionally, the airport provides access to the airport environs for seasonal streaked horned lark inventories conducted by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Streaked horned lark in habitat

As part of a larger effort undertaken to update the airport’s master plan, consulting firm Mead & Hunt (formerly Barnard Dunkelberg) prepared a draft white paper on the airport’s critical areas and priority habitats and species environmental inventory. This assessment includes a detailed description of the regulatory guidance and mandates set forth by the various state and federal agencies, as well as the existing prairie species that are found at the airport.

Bush Prairie Habitat Conservation Plan

The Bush Prairie Habitat Conservation Plan is being developed to balance growth and the preservation of endangered species within the City of Tumwater and its urban growth area. The Habitat Conservation Plan will conserve these species by providing long-term habitat protection across a system of managed reserve areas. The City of Tumwater and the Port of Olympia are jointly developing the Habitat Conservation Plan through the terms of an Interlocal Agreement.

Read more about the Bush Prairie Habitat Conservation Plan