Elk River NRCA (HR) 2006

Category Overview

The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.

Project Highlights

This project restored hydrologic function and fish passage where freshwater streams enter the estuary of Andrew’s Creek, within the Elk River NRCA. The Andrew’s Creek “West Road” was abandoned, which dead ends on the NRCA and did not affect nearby landowners. On this road four fish passage barriers were removed and associated streams and wetlands restored to for fish habitat and approximate natural function. Native trees, shrubs and sedges were replanted in disturbed soil where fill was removed and on more open portions of the ripped roadway. “Geojute” erosion blankets were used extensively on steeper banks along with hundreds of bales of long lasting woodstraw to cover exposed soil. Up to 20 non-fish bearing culverts were also removed. The estuary fill removal planned for 2010 did not occur because the project was cancelled. Complete engineered drawings are available for the estuary restoration if this work gains support in the future.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: 85705.68 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Restoration County: Grays Harbor Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # Jun-10

Location Details

The project area is adjacent to Bay city, 3 miles east of Westport and 16 miles SW of Aberdeen in southern Grays Harbor County. From Aberdeen the site is accessed via Highway 105 and private logging roads (John's river road turnoff.) IAC staff will need a DNR escort to navigate roads and gates.

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.