Lower Elwha River Protection Priority#4 (WWRP)

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

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: North Olympic Land Trust Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $ 107,233.00 Applicant Match: $ 262,536.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Clallam Legislative District: 24 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1868

Location Details

Driving west from Port Angeles, take US-101 west. After about 4.5 miles, turn right onto Laird Road. Take a left on Elwha River Road. After you cross the bridge over the Elwha River, take a right on Sisson Road. Google maps thinks it's called Wetherald Road, but the street sign shows the road name as Sisson Rd. It's about 8 miles and 16 minutes from the Land Trust office (602 East Front Street, Port Angeles, WA, 98362).

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.