Salmon Creek Ruck 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

Jefferson Land Trust is applying for Salmon Recovery Funding Board and WWRP Riparian Habitat grant funds for the permanent protection of important riparian habitat in the Salmon Creek watershed, located at the head of Discovery Bay. The Salmon and Snow Creek Estuary is the most intact of its type on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is the unquestioned stronghold of the ESA listed Strait of Juan De Fuca summer chum salmon. This project continues the successful protection and restoration efforts conducted by Chumsortium partners since 2001. Jefferson Land Trust will permanently protect approximately 155 acres with nearly 1 mile of the mainstem of Salmon Creek which is spawning grounds for coho, winter steelhead and threatened summer chum, as well as habitat used by adult fall chum and cutthroat trout through fee simple acquisition. The tributary and upland forest habitats provide habitat for a diversity of wildlife. The project fits well with the Hood Canal Coordinating Council Strategy for Salmon Recovery, which lists protecting highly functioning habitat in the Salmon Creek watershed as a priority. This project aims to protect and restore a parcel that was identified through previous protection efforts by Chumsortium partners, and is adjacent to properties protected with conservation easements acquired through a 2001 SRFB grant.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Jefferson Land Trust Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $250,000.00 Applicant Match: $478,690.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Restoration County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Active RCO Project # 22-1416

Location Details

The project area is located at the junction of Hwy 101 and State Route 20, at the head of Discovery Bay. From the Discovery Bay store, turn South off of 101 onto West Uncas Road and follow to 922 W. Uncas Road. This is the driveway to the Reseck residence and the physical access onto the Ruck property.

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.