Conserving land along our waterways protects important habitat and helps keep our rivers healthy, clean, and more resilient to drought. Riparian Protection projects conserve and restore fresh and saltwater habitat while protecting fish habitat. In doing so, the grants help provide our families, farms, and fisheries with clean water across the state.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to buy about 1,408 acres outside Westport, near the Elk River Natural Resources Conservation Area, Twin Harbors State Park, and John’s River Wildlife Area. The land includes more than 1,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and grasslands. The land supports habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, elk, deer, marbled murrelets, bald eagles, black bears, and river otters.