Little Skookum Inlet Forest & Shore Protection

Category Overview

Project Highlights

Forterra proposes to acquire a conservation easement (CE) on a property along the southern shore of Little Skookum Inlet in Mason County. The property consists of 816 acres of working forests, wetlands, and Riparian Protection habitat, and nearly 2 miles of Puget Sound shoreline. Freshwater habitats on the property are home to fall Chum Salmon; the marine shoreline provides habitat for juvenile Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, steelhead, and Cutthroat Trout. The property’s shoreline and bedlands of the inlet are also highly productive shellfish growing areas. The property has been actively-managed as a working forest for over 150 years by Port Blakely Tree Farms, generating multiple rotations of timber and supplying local mills. The goal of this project is to permanently protect the property from conversion to non-forest uses by placing a CE to extinguish the development rights and expand existing no-cut buffers (currently 50’-90’, which follows state Forest Practices) to 150′ on salmon-bearing streams and 100′ on the marine shoreline (to match Mason County critical areas ordinance), permanently protecting the property’s working forest, environmental, and ecosystem benefits. Preventing development on the property eliminates the possibility of conversion to a non-forest uses, as well as anthropogenic damages to water quality (e.g., fecal coliform contamination, water temperature), salmon habitat, shoreline processes, and cultural resources associated with residential development.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Forterra Category: Estuary & Salmon Restoration WWRP Grant: 350000 Applicant Match: 605404 Project Type: Acquisition County: Mason Legislative District: 35 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-2090

Location Details

From Olympia, drive west on US-101 toward Shelton. Take exit for WA-108 toward McCleary. Turn right onto SE Old Olympic Highway. Take the 3rd left onto SE Kamilche Point Rd. Drive approximately two miles to gated road on left-hand side. Turn left, driving down toward the shoreline of Little Skookum Inlet. There's a parking area at the end of the road next to the inlet.

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.