Lynch Cove Estuary

Category Overview

Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.

Project Highlights

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife used this grant to purchase 177.61 acres of wetlands on the Tahuya Peninsula near Belfair for protection of habitat for wildlife, including five species of salmon. With adjacent land owned by the department and land trusts, the project protects more than 540 acres, nearly the entire Lynch Cove estuary. There are five species of salmon using the area, including Hood Canal summer chum and Chinook, which are threatened with extinction. They both depend upon shallow, near shore waters such as estuaries to hide from predators and feed. In addition to salmon, more than 15,000 ducks, geese, and brant winter in Lynch Cove. This is one of the most important winter waterfowl areas in Hood Canal and south Puget Sound. The parcels in this acquisition are smaller, undeveloped home sites.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: 1016120.9 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Mason Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1512

Location Details

from Olympia take Hwy 8 west at from I-5 exit 104. Go north on Hwy 101 Go north on Hwy 3 Properties located at intersection of Hwy 3 and Hwy 106 nw of intersection

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.