Bone River and Niawiakum River NAPs

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

This proposal is for acquisition of high priority properties within two coastal Natural Area Preserves that include the Bone and Niawiakum Rivers. These coastal wetlands and estuary ecosystems are the highest quality examples remaining of native coastal salt marsh communities. The superb wetlands of the Bone River and Niawiakum River preserves are recognized as national priorities for protection, as evidenced by past and current USFWS grants awarded for coastal wetland acquisition at both sites. It is critical to secure additional funding to pursue acquisition of the remaining undeveloped lands, which are threatened with conversion to incompatible and/or ecologically irreversible uses, such as residential development.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $139,667.28 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pacific Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 02-1090

Location Details

The preserves are 11 miles southwest of Raymond/South Bend on Highway 101. The Bone River is approximately 4 miles south of Bruceport. A small side road on the left side just before the Hwy 101 Bone River bridge leads to riverbank access. The Niawiakum River is 1 1/2 miles south of the Bone River, and can be viewed looking east from the south side of the Hwy 101 Niawiakum bridge. The site may also be viewed from a bridge crossing on the South Bend-Palix Road on the east end of the river.

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.