Stavis NRCA / Kitsap Forest NAP 2002

Category Overview

As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.

Project Highlights

This project will acquire privately owned properties and conservation easements near Seabeck in Kitsap County. These properties are highly threatened by development and are a crucial component of a larger project area that contains the highest quality occurrence of a Puget Lowland endemic forest community type. Less than one percent of the historic extent of similar mature and relatively undisturbed forest conditions remain in the Puget Lowland ecoregion today. Stavis Creek, which runs through the site, is one of the best remaining Hood Canal salmon spawning habitats and is a designated recovery area for federally threatened Hood Canal summer chum salmon. The headwater of this stream contains a high quality freshwater wetland ecosystem and it drains into a high quality estuary with lagoon, intertidal salt marsh and coastal spit.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $1,883,781.23 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 02-1184

Location Details

From Olympia, drive north on highway 3. Near Silverdale take Newberry Hill exit. Drive West on Newberry Hill road. Turn right on Seabeck Highway and go thru the town of Seabeck. Turn right on Miami Beach road. Left on Stavis Bay road. The site can be accessed from several points in this area. It can also be accessed from the south off of Nelitta road.

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.