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 West Fork Washougal Conservation project will conserve 307 acres and 3.12 miles of federally-listed salmonid shoreline habitat within the Washougal River watershed of the Lower Columbia River in Skamania County, WA. The project site contains 109 acres of riparian area, including 1.6 miles of shoreline on the West Fork Washougal River, and 1.52 miles of shoreline on perennial tributary Jackson Creek. The uplands consist of steeply sloped conifer forests, composed of mature Douglas-fir, cedar, and hemlock. This project will result in the preservation of one of the oldest and largest remaining private forests in the Washougal Watershed. It will support watershed processes and enable development of the large, woody structure that is necessary to restore instream habitat.