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Lower Union River Estuary Acquistion
- Funded in 2007
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to buy 56.7 acres on the Kitsap Peninsula near Belfair to protect and enhance estuarine and riparian habitat. With adjacent land owned by the department and land trusts, the project will protect more than 280 acres of quality habitat, nearly the entire lower Union River estuary. Permanently preserving this land will protect the habitat functions for the entire area and facilitate estuarine habitat restoration. Salt marsh habitat is a high priority for protection and restoration. Hood Canal and the Union River support federally protected Hood Canal summer chum and Puget Sound Chinook salmon. Young chum and salmon depend upon estuaries and shallow, nearshore waters for food and refuge from predators. Existing trails along the dike will remain, allowing the public an opportunity to view a salt marsh habitat restoration project in action.
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.