Clearwater Riparian Protection Project

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 Nature Conservancy used this grant to buy 1,114 acres, including more than 648 acres of riparian forest and wetland habitat along the Queets and Clearwater Rivers on the Olympic peninsula. These two rivers support some of the healthiest, most viable, and genetically diverse salmon populations in the lower 48 states, making them an essential anchor for the conservation of salmon ecosystems to include Chinook, coho, chum, pink, and sockeye salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat and bull trout species. The habitat also supports other species such as Pacific lampreys, Olympic mudminnows, marbled murrelets, and bald eagles. This purchase was the first phase of a multi-year project to create a system of protected riparian forest habitat from the headwaters of the Clearwater to its confluence with the Queets.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: The Nature Conservancy Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $930,200.00 Applicant Match: $1,405,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1553

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.