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.
Forterra will use this grant to buy 106.56 acres on the northwest side of Lake Kapowsin, including nearly a half-mile of shoreline. The land includes wetlands, lakeshore, and forests, which has operated as a working forest for 125 years. The area provides habitat for salmon, waterfowl, amphibians, cavity-nesting birds, and other species. The lake provides fishing opportunities for yellow perch, largemouth bass, black crappie, and other species. Forterra will be restoring the area to improve the health of surrounding streams. Forterra will contribute $856,188 in another grant and donations of cash.