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Mashel Riparian Habitat Acq & Protect
- Funded in 2007
Eatonville will use this grant to buy 122.4 acres primarily on south side of the Mashel River between Highway 161 and the Alder Cut-Off Road to enhance biodiversity and protect salmon habitat. Eatonville has taken significant steps to protect the Mashel River by working with the Nisqually Tribe on salmon restoration projects. The town has allowed streamside replanting and the removal of riprap at its riverside park, and approved the construction of several log jams to slow the river and create fish habitat. These efforts aim to revive salmon runs on what was once one of the most productive salmon streams in the state. This grant allows Eatonville to acquire the land needed to conduct further restoration while preserving green space along one of the town's most valuable natural resources, the Mashel River. Eatonville will contribute $866,224 in donated land.
What is the WWRP?
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.