Chehalis River Surge Plain NAP

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 important properties within the ecological core of an existing Natural Area Preserve. The Chehalis River Surge Plain NAP protects a diverse complex of estuarine and riverine wetland communities. It represents a unique opportunity for protection of a large intact ecosystem with natural hydrologic functions. The properties proposed for acquisition include critical parts of Preacher’s Slough, a sinuous tidally influenced waterway that winds 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. Habitat for other fish, and the Olympic mud minnow is also protected within the wetland. Further west, another property supports marshes and Sitka spruce dominated forested wetland. Within the surge plain, nesting, roosting and foraging habitat is protected for eagles, osprey, great blue heron, waterfowl, shorebirds, and neo-tropical migrant species. Animal species which inhabit the subject properties include bear, river otter, raccoon, beaver, muskrat, and other mammals. Acquisition of these properties will be a significant contribution toward completion of the preserve, which has been recognized as a national priority for protection.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $48,072.10 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Grays Harbor Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 00-1432

Location Details

Hwy 107 west from Montesano. Preacher's Slough properties in Section 21 & 22 are just north across RR R/W from junction of Hwy 107 and Blue Slough Road. Western property can be seen from Blue Slough Road about 1 mile east of Cosmopolis.

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.