Coastal NAP

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

This project is for the purchase of 1,140.24 acres of high priority and threatened natural resource properties within five coastal natural area preserves: Elk River, Bone River, Chehalis River, Niawiakum, and North Bay. Projects are within Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $2,999,999.07 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Grays Harbor, Pacific Legislative District: 19, 24 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 92-718

Location Details

The preserves are 11 miles southwest of Raymond/South Bend on Highway 101. The Bone River is approximately 4 miles south of Bruceport. A small side road on the left side just before the Hwy 101 Bone River bridge leads to riverbank access. The Niawiakum River is 1 1/2 miles south of the Bone River, and can be viewed looking east from the south side of the Hwy 101 Niawiakum bridge. The site may also be viewed from a bridge crossing on the South Bend-Palix Road on the east end of the river.

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.