Decker Creek Riparian Conservation

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

Mason County will use this grant to protect the 500-acre Decker Creek riparian-wetland complex. Decker Creek is an important salmon-producing stream and is used for spawning and rearing by coho, summer and fall Chinook, chum, steelhead, and cutthroat. The land also is home to western toad, great blue heron, pileated woodpecker, and a large elk herd. The land is scheduled for logging.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Mason County of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $593,399.00 Applicant Match: $593,398.99 Project Type: Acquisition County: Grays Harbor, Mason Legislative District: 24, 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # Jun-43

Location Details

From Shelton, WA: Follow the Shelton-Matlock Road to the small town of Matlock. Turn left onto the Matlock-Brady Road at the Matlock Store. Just past the Mary M. Knight School, turn right on the paved road. Follow this road to the gate. If the gate is open, follow the gravel road to a Y in the road. Take the right fork of the "Y" and park at the left bend in the road just after the road leaves the forested area and enters an old clear-cut area.

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.