Skagit River Delta Restoration

Category Overview

The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.

Project Highlights

The Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to restore about 200 acres of diverse native emergent marsh vegetation in the Skagit River Delta by removing a monotypic, invasive cattail meadow from the Island Unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area. This project follows a multi-year control program that has been proven to be effective in eliminating the plant and allow native marsh plants to passively colonize the controlled site. The project is located along the South Fork of the Skagit River between Steamboat and Freshwater Sloughs in Skagit County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Fish & Wildlife Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $250,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Skagit Legislative District: 10 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1811

Location Details

From the public parking area at the Skagit Wildlife Area, proceed to the boat launch. From the boat launch, cross Freshwater Slough (Skagit River) to the Island Unit. Travel inland 100 yds and then follow the dike south to the end (400 yds). The project area is directly off the south end of the dike.

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.