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.
Ducks Unlimited will use this grant to buy 126 acres in a 1,200-acre historical marsh south of Spokane, a rapidly expanding urban area. Ducks Unlimited will restore wetlands and riverbank habitat by redirecting flows and planting shrubs and trees. Tundra swans, waterfowl, great blue herons, Columbia spotted frogs, and western toads will benefit from habitat enhancements. To support future school field trips and educational research, Ducks Unlimited will develop a trail with interpretive signs and an interpretive center. Ducks Unlimited will contribute $475,203 in a federal appropriation, a federal grant, cash, and donations of labor, land, and materials.