Nisqually Shoreline Wilcox Reach Protection

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

The Nisqually Land Trust will use this grant to buy 184 acres that includes 1 mile of shoreline and 34 acres of forest at the Wilcox reach of the Nisqually River, near Eatonville. The Wilcox reach provides spawning and rearing habitat for all five Nisqually Pacific salmon species. The land, which is one of the last large undeveloped Nisqually shoreline properties, is forested, with steep slopes leading to the floodplain, and zoned for development of 40 homes. Acquisition would prevent habitat degradation from logging, development, livestock grazing, off-road vehicle use, and loss of shoreline vegetation. It also would connect two substantial blocks of conserved Nisqually shoreline totaling 22.8 shoreline miles and 1,385 acres. The Nisqually Land Trust will contribute $711,000 in cash and a grant from the state Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration program.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Nisqually Land Trust Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 711000 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pierce Legislative District: 2 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1878

Location Details

Access is via a neighboring property (Wilcox Farms), which has a road that stops at the property line, or from adjoining Land Trust property. From either site, the target property is entered on foot. Access through Wilcox Farms must be arranged in advance and will require that any vehicle pass through an avian flu biomanagement facility. Wilcox Farms will not allow anyone who raises or is around chickens to enter their property. Wilcox Farms is at 40400 Harts Lake Valley Rd, Roy, WA 98580. The Land Trust's adjoining properties are reached through its property at 42720 36th Avenue South, Roy, WA 98580.

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.