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 Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will use this grant to acquire approximately 362 acres of Riparian Protection, wetland, in-stream, shrub-steppe and talus habitats, including nearly a mile of Taneum Creek shoreline and more than two miles of tributary streams. The acquisition property is located just south of Interstate 90 about 10 miles west of the city of Ellensburg, lies at the transition of mixed forest and shrub steppe and contains a strong suite of habitats and species. This acquisition will protect critical habitat for mid-Columbia River steelhead, is used for Coho salmon reintroduction efforts and removes threats to adjacent conservation lands.