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 Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to purchase approximately 830 acres within the Kennedy Creek Natural Resources Conservation Area. This project will protect one of the few remaining high-quality salt marsh communities in Puget Sound, including vital habitat for migrating shorebirds. The project area also provides habitat for coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, and Coho salmon. This project is located along Kennedy Creek in Mason County. This site supports habitat conservation and passive recreation.