Stavis NRCA & Kitsap Forest NAP 2014

Category Overview

Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources used this grant to purchase 134.45 acres within the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). This project protects forests along the main stems of Stavis and Harding Creeks, which provide spawning and rearing habitat for fall Chum and Coho salmon, as well as a pocket estuary on the Hood Canal, and upland forest near Stavis Bay. The project areas are located near the cities of Silverdale and Bremerton in Kitsap County. Aberle/McCue (Priority B): No response from landowner. Clark (Priorty C): Landowner not interested at this time. Harding Creek (Part of Priority A): Not all landowners interested in selling at this time. Properties successfully acquired: Beckum, Bratcher, Dostal, Killoran, Marker(D), Marker(J&T), McCook, Simonyi, & Triplett.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $2,197,486.16 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 14-1251

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.