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.
This project aims to protect approximately 381 acres of the most threatened and ecologically important shoreline and forested upland properties within the boundary of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Dabob Bay Natural Area. Located within rapidly growing eastern Jefferson County, Dabob Bay is one of the most ecologically diverse and intact estuarine bays remaining in Puget Sound. The recently expanded Natural Area boundary (in 2009 and again in 2016) represents an unprecedented opportunity to advance landscape-scale conservation of an intact coastal estuarine system and adjacent forest communities. This project includes two acquisition areas: 1) Thorndyke Bay, a high quality estuary identified for conservation by the Washington State Natural Heritage Program and within the boundaries of the Dabob Bay Natural Area, and 2) Anderson Creek, the last remaining private inholding within a high priority restoration site along Dabob Bay proper. With this project to acquire saltmarsh, shoreline, and adjacent forested upland, DNR and partners can protect and restore estuarine and riparian processes, ensure opportunities for appropriate public use, and protect water quality before further development greatly increases the costs and challenges of conserving this exceptional coastal ecosystem.