Middle Fork Natural Area Acquisition

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

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 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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: King County of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $72,794.89 Applicant Match: $72,794.89 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 12 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1878

Location Details

Take I-90 East to Exit 34 (a couple miles east of North Bend). Turn left on 468th/Edgewick. Go about a mile to the Middle Fork Rd and turn right. Take the Middle Fork Rd about 7 miles to the concrete bridge over the Middle Fork. Property is accessed by the road to the right just before the bridge. Road is gated and key is required for vehicle access. (Target property) Kirschner - 2.5 north of the merge with Middle Fork Road. On the east side of Dorothy Lake Road.

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.