Kennedy Creek p-NRCA Riparian 2016

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The project permanent protects roughly 724.84 acres of riparian, upland, and floodplain forest habitat within the Kennedy Creek Natural Area through acquisition of land from Green Diamond Resources Company and Taylor Shellfish Company. Project work included acquisition and administrative, surveying, and gate installation costs. The acquisition project increases protection for one of the few remaining high-quality salt marsh communities in Puget Sound, including vital habitat for migrating shorebirds. The project also provides recreation and environmental education opportunities for one of the fastest growing counties in southern Puget Sound.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $4,246,880.34 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Mason, Thurston Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1418

Location Details

The site 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.