Elk River NRCA 2006

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

The Department of Natural Resources used this grant to buy 225.57 acres in the Elk River Natural Resources Conservation Area. The conservation area contains the largest, most diverse, highest quality salt marsh ecosystem between Alaska and California. The Elk River estuarine system contains seven aquatic and wetland ecosystem elements listed as a priority in the state’s Natural Heritage Plan. The estuary is threatened by logging, development, and the invasion of exotic species.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $807,174.28 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Grays Harbor Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1824

Location Details

The project area is east & south of Bay City, 3 miles east of Westport and 16 miles SW of Aberdeen in southern Grays Harbor County. This area can be reached by travelling southwest from Aberdeen along Highway 105.

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.