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.
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.