Kennedy Creek NA Natural Area 2020

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

The Washington Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to buy 4 acres of creek and uplands for inclusion in the Kennedy Creek Natural Area. The purchase will protect the creek and its banks and enhance protection of the smaller Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve, which contains one of Washington’s few remaining high-quality salt marsh communities. The purchase also will expand the highest quality salmon education trail in southern Puget Sound. The 1,461-acre Kennedy Creek Natural Area, located between Olympia and Shelton, includes both the Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve and the Kennedy Creek Natural Resources Conservation Area. The Natural Area provides key habitat for migrating shorebirds and salmon and protects water quality vital to the health of the regional shellfish economy.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $277,278.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Mason Legislative District: 35 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1422

Location Details

The site is located off Highway 101 near the Mason-Thurston County line, approximately 12 miles west of Olympia, within the Kennedy Creek Natural Resource Conservation Area (NRCA) and adjacent to the Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve (NAP).

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.