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.
Clark County will use this grant to buy 52 acres of shoreline, riparian and floodplain habitat on the east fork of the Lewis River, 3 miles southeast of La Center. The property includes about .34 mile of shoreline on the east fork of the Lewis River and about .3 mile on Dean Creek, a year-round tributary. The east fork of the Lewis River is Clark County’s largest, free-flowing stream and supports Endangered Species Act-listed runs of steelhead and coho, Chinook and chum salmon. The property is in a 2,100-acre habitat and greenway system that covers 12 miles on the lower east fork. It also provides habitat for deer, river otter, beaver, eagles, hawks and Neotropical migrant birds.