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Oakland Bay Rest.
- Pending Legislative Action
WWRP grant funding will enable Capitol Land Trust, the Squaxin Island Tribe and their project partners to acquire and restore 76 acres of biologically sensitive and culturally significant estuary, nearshore and riparian habitat on Oakland Bay, Mason County, WA. This project is a key component of a larger Oakland Bay protection and restoration initiative and builds upon a remarkable partnership between conservation, industry, tribal, agency and community stakeholders; a collaboration that has successfully conserved the three other estuarine complexes on upper Oakland Bay and 250 acres of surrounding habitat. The site is identified as a project of regional significance on the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project Candidate Restoration Site List, and is a top priority of four other recovery plans. The project will protect and restore multiple Priority Habitat types (riparian, wetland, in-stream, Puget Sound nearshore) that provide crucial habitat for multiple Priority Species including five salmonid species, forage fish, migratory and resident shorebirds, waterfowl, and landbird species, and shellfish. For sale and facing imminent threat, the site abuts some of the most productive shellfish beds in Washington State. Its protection will help sustain many jobs and a 10 million dollar annual shellfish industry. WWRP funding will be greatly leveraged to acquire a site with an estimated market value of 2.5 times the WWRP request.
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.