Dungeness River Match

Category Overview

Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.

Project Highlights

This Dungeness River Match project protects 0.7 miles and 13.9 acres of the Riparian Protection forest along the lower Dungeness River. This proposal supports a multiple partner effort to protect and restore Dungeness River Riparian Protection habitat. The River Restoration Work Group has identified the project as the highest priority for acquisition. Five Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Priority Habitats exist in the area composed of floodplain, open channel, Riparian Protection forest, and open space. Three ESA listed threatened fish species utilize the mainstem and side channel habitat, including side channels documented as the most productive chinook habitat in the entire lower river. One hundred thirteen bird species have been recorded in this area, twelve of which have special species status. The forest provides forage and roosting habitat for bat species with three bat species with special status likely to occur in the area. Much adjacent land is publicly owned or in private conservation protection including the Dungeness River Audubon Center, a park and natural history education center. This project’s success will be the keystone for expanding the Center as well as a vital Riparian Protection link between the protected headwaters and the mouth, a wildlife refuge area.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Critical Habitat WWRP Grant: 75128.55 Applicant Match: 174831.42 Project Type: Acquisition County: Clallam Legislative District: 24 Status: Not Completed RCO Project # 02-1101

Location Details

Project is 2.5 miles west of the City of Sequim. The project area is approximately 2 miles of Riparian Protection corridor. Best pedestrian and habitat viewing access is from Railroad Bridge Park on the east side of the river: coming from the east, drive past Sequim and take River Road off Sequim bypass. Turn right (north), follow curve, turn left onto Priest Rd. Turn left onto Hendrickson Rd. and follow until you reach the Railroad Bridge Park. A foot trail provides access to the west side of the river via a large trestle bridge. To get to the Dawley side channel area: coming from east, drive past Sequim and take River Rd exit from the Sequim bypass. Turn left (south) and follow approx. 0.3 mi. to Silberhorn Rd, turn right (west) on Silberhorn and then turn right (north) on Turnstone Ln. Follow Turnstone Ln. until it meets Headgate Rd. Turn left (south) on Headgate and proceed approx. 0.1 mi. for parking.

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.