Clearwater Riparian Protection – Phase 2

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

This project was the second phase of a multi-year project and acquired 1,125 acres including over 566 acres of riparian forest and wetland habitat along the Clearwater River towards the confluence with the Queets River on the Olympic Peninsula. The primary purpose of this project was for habitat protection targeting the two most significant habitat threats to these river systems: ongoing intensive forest management and rural development. The rivers drain an area of more than 287,383 acres and are home to wild populations of Chinook, coho, chum, pink and sockeye salmon, steelhead, cutthroat, and bull trout. The rivers and associated riparian forest habitat also support numerous other important species, such as the Pacific lamprey, Olympic mudminnow, and marbled murrelet.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: The Nature Conservancy Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $1,066,322.00 Applicant Match: $1,612,878.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 12-1393

Location Details

From Aberdeen drive north on Highway 101 approximately 60 miles. Take a right on Clearwater Road and proceed into the Clearwater River Watershed.

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.