Clearwater Riparian Protection Protection – Phase III

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 will use this grant to acquire, in fee simple, 640 acres of primarily Riparian Protection lands along the main stem of the Clearwater River and its important tributaries including Shale Creek, Miller Creek and Christmas Creek. The properties are located in western Jefferson County and are an essential anchor to preserve habitat for Chinook, coho, chum, pink and sockeye salmon, as well as steelhead, cutthroat and bull trout. The rivers and associated Riparian Protection habitat also support other important species such as Pacific lamprey, Olympic mudminnow, and marbled murrelet. The primary habitat that will be protected is Riparian Protection and in-stream habitat.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: The Nature Conservancy Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: 877000 Applicant Match: 879300 Project Type: Acquisition County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1957

Location Details

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

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.