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.
King County will use this grant to buy 13 acres of land adjacent to the 205-acre Middle Fork Natural Area. The natural area protects nearly 1.5 miles of the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River. This grant would add another 240 feet of stream frontage along Granite Creek. The Middle Fork Natural Area provides high quality Riparian Protection habitat that is used extensively by elk, black bears, and cougars. The natural area also lies within the lands managed by the state for spotted owl habitat.