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 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.