Elk River Estuary, Ph. 2

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

Secured 1,000 acres of the Elk River estuary to provide for the long-term protection of four quality examples of salt marsh elements listed in the Natural Heritage Plan, and for nesting bald eagles. Project is in southern Grays Harbor County. DNR also received a $500,000 National Coastal Wetland Conservation Program federal grant to assist with this purchase.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $4,574,401.40 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Grays Harbor Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 93-832

Location Details

Near Bay City in southern Grays Harbor County.

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.