Willapa Bay-Seal Slough Conservation Acquisition

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

Columbia Land Trust conserved 474 acres on Willapa Bay in Pacific County, in southwest Washington. The property has Willapa Bay shoreline, Seal Slough, intertidal wetlands, numerous streams, riparian areas and associated upland coniferous forest. It has 1.84 miles of Willapa Bay frontage, 13.32 miles of sloughs and streams, and 45 acres of emergent and forested estuarine wetlands. It has 274.88 acres of riparian areas, 58 percent of the property. The property was purchased in fee simple ownership and deed restrictions ensure that it will be conserved in perpetuity. The primary species supported by these habitats are Chinook, chum, coho, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat. Other benefiting priority species include green sturgeon, eulachon (smelt), bald eagle and numerous migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Columbia Land Trust Category: Riparian Protection WWRP Grant: $874,999.89 Applicant Match: $874,999.89 Project Type: Acquisition County: Pacific Legislative District: 19 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 14-1150

Location Details

From South Bend, WA: Take 101 S for 20 miles. Turn right at logging access road ("A-Line Rd", no sign). Road is gated and locked. Access by foot only beyond gate or with authorized party. Follow logging roads to property.

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.