Stavis NRCA Riparian Protection 2006

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

This project will acquire Riparian Protection properties near Bremerton in Kitsap County. These properties are highly threatened by development and are a crucial part of a larger project area that contains the highest quality occurrence of a rare forest community type and a variety of high quality wildlife habitats. Acquisition of these Riparian Protection areas will prevent indirect impacts of development (water quality, sedimentation, hydrologic alterations). Stavis Creek, which runs through the site and through the priority parcels, is one of the best remaining Hood Canal salmon spawning habitats and is a designated recovery area for threatened Hood Canal summer chum. This project will facilitate salmon recovery and other Riparian Protection restoration activities. The site also hosts an active bald eagle nest, a small great blue heron rookery, breeding mountain quail, chinook salmon, cougar, and black bear. The objective is to protect all functionally connected natural-regeneration forests and high-quality Riparian Protection areas from development, timber harvest, and other commercial uses. This project greatly enhances the long-term viability and quality of wildlife habitat in a still-intact functional Riparian Protection and forested landscape that is threatened with urban fragmentation.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: 944580 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # Jun-30

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.