Bone River & Niawiakum River NAPs 2016

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

DNR used this grant to acquire Property 1C for inclusion in the Bone River NAP. All work in order to successfully purchase a property was completed for 1C. By purchasing this property we have protected Bone River in perpetuity, protecting the site from future logging and associated siltation, weed introduction, loss of biodiversity and structural diversity, edge effects etc. This conservation purchase also reduces edge effects to interior of the preserve. It will also protect watershed function (water quality, minimize flashy runoff, water temperatures etc) by protecting tree cover. The purchase also helps DNR control the types of access that are appropriate for the site. It also prevents the potential addition of homes and the weeds, pets, pesticides, septic failure, noise and other disturbances that can be associated with development. Additionally, DNR spent time communicating with all the other priority parcel owners at both Bone and Niawiakum River Natural Areas, and for a variety of reasons none were willing to engage with us to entertain an offer at this time. For example, the owner of 2c is conservation minded but the timing is not right anymore for them to sell, no matter what type of sale (CE, life estate, fee simple).

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $343,551.70 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pacific Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1412

Location Details

The preserve is approximately 11 miles southwest of Raymond/South Bend on Highway 101. The site may also be viewed from a bridge crossing on the South Bend-Palix Road further east on 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.