Estuarine NAPs

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

This proposal is for the acquisition of high priority properties within 3 Puget Trough estuarine wetland NAPs. These NAPs contain the highest quality estuarine wetlands and associated uplands remaining in the Puget Trough. Dabob Bay contains 1 of the 2 highest quality coastal spits with native vegetation remaining in the region. This site contains 2 types of very high quality intertidal salt marsh communities & associated native vegetation, are of the two largest natural spawning areas on the west coast & provides important habitat for shorebirds and salmon. Kennedy Creek includes 3 diverse tidal river & salt marsh communities, & is 1 of the 3 highest quality coastal marshes remaining in the southern Puget Trough. This site supports a distinct population of native salmon & is a critical overwintering area for Dunlin, Greater Yellow Legs, Black-Bellied Plovers, Migratory Sandpipers & other shorebirds. The preserve is highly visible to Hwy 101 travellers & is a popular bird-watching area. The coastal salt marsh at Skookum Inlet is in excellent condition. The native marsh is intact & bounded along its upland margin by a mixed old second growth forest community.Three types of saltwater marsh occur here, all of which are listed as priorities for protection in the Natural Heritage Plan.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $1,471,392.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Jefferson, Mason Legislative District: 24, 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 98-1149

Location Details

Dabob Bay NAP is located in Tarboo Bay, northeast of Quilcene; Kennedy Creek NAP is located off Highway 101 near the Mason/Thurston County line; Skookum Inlet NAP is located approximately one mile northeast of the town of Kamilche, west of Highway 101.

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.