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.
North Olympic Land Trust will use this grant to buy 71 acres of important habitat for salmon and steelhead at the mouth of the Clallam River. The site is ideal for fishing and bird watching and supports habitat for coho, chum, and occasional Chinook salmon, and steelhead and cutthroat trout. The land includes a half-mile of the Clallam River, a quarter-mile of estuarine channel in Swamp Creek and tributaries, two fish-bearing forested wetlands, and several short channels. Public access is available via a short walk from the nearby county park. The land trust will contribute $94,920 in cash and a grant from the state Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration program.