Walla Walla Headwaters, COA 157

Walla Walla River headwaters area
Photo Credit: Keith Kohl, ODFW

This COA is mainly located within the Blue Mountains ecoregion of Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa Counties, but enters into a small section of the Columbia Plateau ecoregion along its northwest corner. Characterized by extensive mixed conifer forest, this rugged landscape also contains important native perennial grasslands, abundant springs, and abuts the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness and the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness.

COA ID: 157

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

Special Features


  • Abundant Springs
  • Provides connectivity between the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness and the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness
  • Provides spawning habitat for Chinook Salmon and Steelhead

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID BM-17 (Umatilla - Walla Walla area)
  • 2006 COA ID CP-09 (Walla Walla River)

Protected Areas

  • Forest
  • Jubilee Lake National Recreation Trail
  • Mill Creek Watershed Roadless Area
  • North Fork Umatilla Wilderness
  • South Fork Walla Walla River
  • Umatilla
  • Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness


Strategy Habitats

    Specialized Local Habitats

    • Spring-fed Streams
    • Springs
    • Western Larch

    Strategy Species