Black River Conservation Initiative – Riparian

Category Overview

Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.

Project Highlights

With this grant, Thurston County purchased 211 (210.97) acres of intact and highly complex riparian and wetland habitat through a fee simple acquisition along the Black River and a major tributary, Mima Creek. The Black River wetland and Riparian Protections make up one of the largest, undisturbed, freshwater wetland systems remaining in Puget Sound. The river’s diverse habitats include three priority habitats: Prairie oak woodlands, sphagnum bogs, and wet prairies. The majority of habitat is a rare wetland habitat type, unique to the Black River. The project also protects a prime corridor used by elk, deer, and bear and will provide habitat for at-risk salmon species and the Oregon spotted frog. Finally, public access is provided through a pedestrian access easement along the Mima Creek buffer from the Gate to Belmore trail.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Thurston County of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $292,689.87 Applicant Match: $271,623.58 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1520

Location Details

The Black River Ranch is located approximately 18 miles south of Olympia. Take exit 95 and go west through Littlerock, WA. Turn south on Mima-Gate Road and go south for approxiamtely 2 miles, turn left on 152nd onto property.

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.