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.
The Great Peninsula Conservancy will use this grant to buy about 97 acres of upper Salmonberry Creek in Kitsap County through a combination of voluntary land preservation agreements and land donation. Conserving the land will protect streambank and wetland habitat from development, support Puget Sound salmon recovery, and create wildlife movement corridors in an increasingly urbanized region. The project will preserve 1.18 miles of streambank, including significant stretches of Salmonberry Creek for coho salmon and cutthroat trout. This project will protect about 60 acres of streambank and wetlands used by deer, black bears, river otters, and a variety of migratory birds. The conservancy will contribute $260,000 in a private grant and a donation of land.