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 Nature Conservancy will use this grant to buy 1,080 acres in the Hoh River watershed on the Olympic Peninsula. This project will link riverside habitat along a 30-mile corridor from the Olympic National Park to the National Marine Sanctuary. The Nature Conservancy will manage the land to restore old-growth forest, floodplain, and stream habitat, while preserving access for hunting, fishing, boating, birding, and hiking. The Hoh River basin includes wild populations of coho, Chinook, and sockeye salmon and steelhead, and is important for bull trout recovery. The area also supports Pacific lamprey, marbled murrelets, northern spotted owls, bald eagles, Olympic fishers, and Roosevelt elk. The Nature Conservancy will contribute more than $1.4 million in a private grant.