Kennedy Creek NAP

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 objective of this project is to acquire three priority parcels (approximately 45 acres), for inclusion in the Kennedy Creek NAP. Parcels include the remaining privately owned salt marsh vegetation in the Kennedy Creek estuary, riparian and tidally influenced portions of Schneider Creek and upland forest habitat. Kennedy Creek NAP protects three high quality intertidal salt marsh ecosystems; two are listed as Priority 3 and one is listed as Priority 2 in the 2003 DNR Natural Heritage Plan. High quality estuaries with saltmarsh vegetation dominated by native species are now relatively rare in the Puget Trough ecoregion. This estuary, protected by the Kennedy Creek NAP, provides critical resting, feeding and overwintering habitat for migrating and resident shorebirds and waterfowl including dunlin, greater yellowlegs, black-bellied plovers and sandpipers. The site also supports a healthy population of native salmon, bald eagles and marbled murrelets (both listed as Federally Threatened species), and peregrine falcon (listed as a Federal Species of Concern). In partnership with the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group and Kennedy Creek Advisory Committee, the Kennedy Creek NAP estuary has been incorporated into the interpretive salmon trail tour during the chum-spawning season.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $664,723.60 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1326

Location Details

Kennedy Creek NAP is located off Highway 101 near the Mason-Thurston County line, approximately 12 miles west of Olympia.

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.