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 Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to buy 11 individual properties for a total of 152 acres for inclusion in the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area near Seabeck in Kitsap County. The Stavis NRCA surrounds the Kitsap Forest Natural Area Preserve and creates a 4,395-acre site that includes freshwater wetlands, riparian habitat, estuaries, shorelines, and an old-growth forest.