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.
In 2008, the Port entered into a 5-year development plan that was reviewed by the WDFW Prairie Science Team regarding potential impact to those species.
Streaked horned lark in habitat
Best Management Practices
As an associated part of the agreement, 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 3 seasonal streaked horned lark inventories conducted annually by the WDFW.

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.