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.
This project in Kitsap County is for fee simple and conservation easements to 500 acres of stream ravines, timber rights, estuarine and tideland areas. The project protects lands critical to recovery of weak salmon stocks in various streams along Hood Canal. Coho stocks are depressed, and early chum stocks are critically low, endangering the species..