Skookum Riparian Protection #2

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 Squaxin Island Tribe will use this grant to buy 108.5 acres in the Skookum Creek watershed in Mason County to protect and enhance wildlife populations. The land lies in an ancient lakebed and includes remnant wetlands and streams as well as Skookum Creek. The land is a farm and the owners will be allowed to stay but the cattle will be removed from the shorelines within 3 years of acquisition. The Skookum Creek watershed is not highly developed but has portions that were modified heavily by historical farming practices and railroads. Skookum Creek supports healthy stocks of Chum Salmon, a declining stock of Coho Salmon, and the most productive Cutthroat Trout population in south Puget Sound. The Squaxin Island Tribe will contribute $660,320.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Squaxin Island Tribe Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: NULL Applicant Match: 660320 Project Type: Acquisition County: Mason Legislative District: 35 Status: Board Preliminary Approved RCO Project # 16-1816

Location Details

Drive north on Highway 101 from Olympia. Take the Highway 108 exit at the Little Creek Casino. Drive west under Highway 101 past the casino area. After crossing the railroad tracks and passing Hurley Waldrip Road on your left, look for Eich Road on your right. Turn right on Eich Road and drive north to the Reller Family house.

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.