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.
The Nisqually Land Trust will acquire and initiate Riparian Protection and floodplain restoration on 32 acres along Ohop Creek, one of the two main tributaries to the Nisqually River. The target property is 1,326 feet from the Eatonville UGA boundary and includes 1,076 feet of Ohop Creek. The target property will extend, enhance, and buffer habitat for 196 species and includes priority spawning habitat for five species of native Pacific salmon, including threatened Chinook salmon and steelhead trout. The target property includes 6.5 acres north of the creek, predominantly fallow pasture, and 25.5 acres south of the creek, including 16.5 acres of fallow pasture in the floodplain and 9 acres of forested bluff. The property contains four structures in poor condition that will be demolished. The property has direct access from Ohop Extension Road. Development of public access for wildlife viewing is not part of this project. The primary conservation purpose is for protection and public enjoyment of wildlife and associated habitat.