Chehalis River Surge Plain NAP 2016

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

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to buy about 1,346 acres within the ecological core of the Chehalis River Surge Plain Natural Area Preserve (NAP). The site provides a rare opportunity to protect a large intact ecosystem with natural hydrologic functions. The properties to be acquired include critical parts of Preacher’s and Blue sloughs, which are sinuous tidally influenced waterways that wind through the heart of the surge plain. Sloughs such as this provide important off-channel habitat for juvenile salmonids during their adjustment to marine conditions. The NAP is located south east of the town of Central Park in Grays Harbor County, along the Chehalis River.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: 2321124 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Grays Harbor Legislative District: 19 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1413

Location Details

The Chehalis River Surge Plain NAP is located south east of the town of Central Park in Grays Harbor County, along the Chehalis river. Access is from Highway 107

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.