Lower Big Beef Creek Acquisitions

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

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group (HCSEG) acquired 297 acres of land from the University of Washington in partnership with Forterra within the Lower Big Big Creek watershed on Hood Canal. This area consists of estuary, freshwater, wetland, riparian, and upland habitat critical to coho and ESA listed Hood Canal Summer Chum salmon, and ESA listed Puget Sound steelhead. Big Beef Creek is one of four streams included in the Hood Canal Intensively Monitored Watershed (IMW) program, centered on measuring the response of salmonid populations to specific habitat restoration actions as well as the mechanism driving responses. These properties have now been included as a site in our Riparian Enhancement and Knotweed Control project as noted in the Stewardship Plan to maintain the integrity of the Riparian Protection.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Hood Canal SEG Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $583,816.00 Applicant Match: $1,115,517.02 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 18-2228

Location Details

From Seabeck, travel North on Seabeck Hwy. Turn right on Manley rd and follow to the UW Research station.

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.