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 Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to purchase 1 property within the Kennedy Creek Natural Area Preserve (NAP) and 1 property within the Kennedy Creek NRCA located in Mason and Thurston Counties. These acquisitions protect approximately 10.05 acres, including 4.36 acres of Riparian Protection habitat, and about 5.69 acres of uplands. The properties include ecologically valuable salt marsh vegetation as well as Riparian Protection and upland habitat along Kennedy Creek and Schneider Creek. This project protects priority habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl, and salmonids.