Skookum Valley Acquisition

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 up to 614 acres in the Skookum Valley, depending on landowners’ willingness. This project will protect more than 4 miles of Skookum Creek, an additional 4.4 miles of tributaries, as well as wetlands, streambanks, and forests. Wildlife in and around Skookum Creek include coho and chum salmon, cutthroat trout, steelhead, and elk. The tribe will contribute $500,000 in a federal grant, a grant from the state salmon recovery program, and donations of cash.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Squaxin Island Tribe Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $ 500,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 500,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Mason Legislative District: 35 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1654

Location Details

From Olympia, Take US 101 west toward Shelton. Take the SR 107 exit at Kamilche (and casino) and turn left onto SR 107. Follow SR 107 for 1.5 miles and the first property will be on the right. The project site extends for approx another 3.5 miles along SR 107.

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.