Middle Ohop Protection Phase III

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 Land Trust permanently protected, through fee acquisition, 32 acres along Ohop Creek, the third largest tributary to the Nisqually River. As one of the major tributaries to the Nisqually River, Ohop Creek provides spawning and rearing habitat for all of the salmonid species in the Nisqually Watershed, including Chinook salmon and steelhead trout, both of which are federally listed as threatened. The habitats protected include 0.19 miles of the Middle Reach of Ohop Creek, 20 acres of Ohop Creek floodplain, and 12 acres of forested valley bluff on the south side of the valley. All remaining farm structures were removed from the floodplain on the north side of the creek. A culvert across a ditched channel on the south edge of the floodplain and a derelict railcar bridge across Ohop Creek were removed from the old farm road. Invasive plant removal and planting of native trees and shrubs throughout 20 acres in the floodplain was also completed. Project end date extended to 3/15/2021 to allow for a second season of seedling release in spring of 2021.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Nisqually Land Trust Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $103,622.15 Applicant Match: $31,682.03 Project Type: Acquisition & Restoration County: Pierce Legislative District: 2 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 16-1453

Location Details

From Yelm, WA: follow WA-507 to McKenna; turn right onto WA-702; cross WA-7 and follow Eatonville Cutoff Road; turn right onto WA-161; turn right onto Ohop Valley Road; continue straight when road becomes Ohop Valley Extension Road; property will be on right in approximately 0.8 mile at 9920 Ohop Valley Extension 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.