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 King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks used this grant to purchase fee title of 38.5 acres within the 1,000-acre Green River Natural Area. The existing residence, exotic landscaping, and infrastructure were removed, then the area revegetated with native plants. The property has salmon habitat in excellent condition with functioning side channels, floodplain forests, and varied types of habitats within the river. Recovery of Chinook salmon relies on the protection of intact, productive habitats. The natural area is home to Green River fall Chinook salmon.