Skookum Creek Acquisition II – Upper Skookum Creek

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

The Whatcom Land Trust will use this grant to buy 990 acres along upper Skookum Creek, a major tributary to the South Fork Nooksack River. The purchase will protect 2.24 miles of Skookum Creek, adding to the 1,100 acres already conserved along lower Skookum Creek. The purchase will create a nearly uninterrupted protected corridor from the South Fork Nooksack River to its headwaters on Twin Sisters Mountain. Conserving the land will allow the growth of mature creekbank forests that will shade and cool the water for salmon. Finally, the land provides vital habitat for a range of wildlife including golden eagle, Nooksack elk, Townsend’s big eared bat, and the state-endangered marbled murrelet. The Whatcom Land Trust will contribute more than $2.2 million in cash, Conservation Futures, and a private grant.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Whatcom Land Trust Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $875,000.00 Applicant Match: $2,268,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Whatcom Legislative District: 42 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1512

Location Details

The subject property is located in southwest Whatcom County about 5 miles southeast of the community of Acme and about 18 miles east of the central business district of the city of Bellingham in Whatcom, Washington. The subject has no physical address. Access is obtained from a forest service roads which start at the terminus of Saxon Road, which is a gravel two-lane road. The subject can also be accessed from forest service roads which start from the terminus of Blue Mountain Road. Both roads intersect State Route 9 which intersects Mt. Baker Highway, or SR 542, that provides access to Bellingham. State Route 9 also provides direct access to Sedro Woolley in Skagit County about 14 miles to the south.

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.