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 Squaxin Island Tribe acquired fee simple ownership of two properties totaling 264.5 acres and 4.17 miles of stream. This includes 0.93 miles of mainstem Skookum Creek, 250.2 acres of riparian, and 115.2 acres of wetlands. A scope change was enacted after the Port Blakely property offered for sale was more than doubled in size. One owner, Reller, would not commit to a purchase and sale agreement. Another owner, McDonald’s, accepted a higher offer and sold approximately 1/4 of their property. The first property purchased was the Skookum Ranch property. This consisted of