Mashel Riparian Protection Acq & Protect

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

Eatonville used this grant to acquire 128.93 acres of riparian land along the Mashel River in Eatonville and its UGA. The land is located on a stretch of river between the SR-161 and the Chehalis Western Railroad Co. Mashel River bridge at boxcar canyon. The acquisition has facilitated the preservation of a nearly continuous riparian corridor connecting the UW Pack Forest with extensive private timber lands to the east of town. The acquisition has protected extensive areas of undeveloped and largely undisturbed land within the town’s UGA which would have otherwise been developed for housing. This corridor is now preserved as and natural open space and may also be used for future trails to facilitate environmental education, wildlife viewing, and recreation. The town continues to work with the Nisqually Tribe and WSDOT on salmon habitat restoration projects along this section of the Mashel and salmon runs are improving. The town will continue to work with various entities to acquire the remaining pieces of land required to create a continuous open space corridor along both sides of the river.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Eatonville Town of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $823,286.00 Applicant Match: $866,224.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 2 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # Jun-72

Location Details

North side of Mashel River from SR161 to Weyerhaeuser Rd. South side of the Mashel River from Smallwood Park to Alder Cuttoff Rd.

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.