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 Washington State Department of Natural Resources used this grant to acquire 275.61 acres of riparian, shoreline and upland habitat within the Dabob Bay Natural Area. This project would protect coastal bluffs, shorelines, and other wildlife habitats, including those used by species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, such as orca, marbled murrelet, Hood Canal summer chum salmon, Chinook salmon, and steelhead trout. This Natural Area is located in the Hood Canal region of Puget Sound.