Dabob Bay Natural Area 2018

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

The Department of Natural Resources will use this funding to to acquire approximately 842.51 acres of shoreline and mature riparian forest parcels within Dabob Bay Natural Area, located in Jefferson County within the Hood Canal region of Puget Sound. The target area consists of seven priority parcels, some with lower-valued improvements. This project contains high-quality examples of coastal spits, which are supported by coastal bluffs and shorelines within the natural area that provide sediment and woody debris for continued ecological function. Additionally, the proposal includes high-quality examples of under-represented forest vegetation types listed in DNR’s Natural Heritage Plan. These acquisitions will provide opportunities to remove shoreline hardening and restore natural stream function. By acquiring the priority parcels, DNR will strengthen the protection of the Dabob Bay Natural Area Preserve, as well as provide for education and research opportunities, potential access for low-impact recreation, and support the statewide system of natural areas as a whole.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $1,940,198.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Active RCO Project # 18-1517

Location Details

From Quilcene, travel about 3 miles NE on Center Road to Dabob Road. Turn right and meander about 1.5 miles to PO Road. Proceed about 1.5 miles to the head of Tarboo Bay.

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.