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.
With RCO grant funding, WDFW acquired approximately 150 acres in Lincoln County from the Inland Northwest Land Trust on June 8, 2017. WDFW completed title review, appraisals, and appraisal reviews. A Purchase and Sale Agreement was signed on March 30, 2017. Approved amendments to this project agreement included: – A time extension to June 30, 2019 – A project type change to a combination acquisition and development project – A&E/Admin limit change to 10% – A time extension to June 30, 2020 During the course of the grant, WDFW submitted a scope change request to change this acquisition project to a combination project, with a development component for a small parking lot. WDFW completed a cultural resource survey prior to construction. DAHP and a local tribe submitted formal comments. WDFW staff engineers drew up parking lot blueprints and construction shop employees built the parking lot. Parking lot construction was completed on October 31, 2019. Through this grant, WDFW – Conducted four acres of property line survey – Spot-treated 150 acres of noxious weeds – Coordinated with students from Reardan High School to build a kiosk for installation at the parking lot. WDFW also installed 4 other acknowledgement signs at the parking lot. – Installed property boundary signs