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 North Olympic Land Trust will use this grant to buy a voluntary land preservation agreement for 33 acres on the Elwha River. The purchase will conserve a buffer along the Elwha River and prevent development there. The river has habitat for Chinook, sockeye, coho, chum, and pink salmon, as well as bull trout, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. The North Olympic Land Trust will maintain public access via an easement for hiking and sports fishing. The land trust will contribute $262,536 in cash and a grant from the state Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration program.