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

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to buy approximately 447 acres in two coastal natural area preserves that include the Bone and Niawiakum Rivers. These coastal wetland and estuary ecosystems are among the highest quality examples remaining of native coastal salt marsh communities in Washington. The forests adjacent to the salt marshes protect a large portion of both rivers’ watersheds and provide nesting habitat for bald eagles, marbled murrelets, great blue herons, and a range of other species. The main focus for this project is to support conservation and passive recreation in Pacific County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: 2211803 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pacific Legislative District: 19 Status: Active 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.