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.
Kittitas Conservation Trust proposes to acquire 235 acres of floodplain property with approximately 1 mile of Yakima River frontage in Thorp Washington. If successful, this large conservation project will help to better protect critical floodplain and riparian habitats in the Upper Yakima River watershed. The habitats included within the property boundaries include riverine, open, and closed riparian forests, woodlands, shrub steppe, and wetland habitats. This conservation effort will protect habitats and migration corridors for threatened Mid-Columbia Steelhead, Spring Chinook, Coho, bull trout, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and other native fish and aquatic species. Functioning floodplains and riparian forest habitats are essential to providing critical ecosystem services for fish, wildlife, and people. The acquisition of the property will allow KCT and our partners to consider actions that will reverse some of the negative impacts to modify human made floodplain features that have disconnected the river from its historic floodplain in this reach.