Woodard Bay NRCA-Weyer Point Restoration

Category Overview

The State Lands Restoration and Enhancement category provides funding to two state agencies to help repair damaged plant and animal habitat. These grants focus on resource preservation and protection of public lands. Projects in this category help bring important natural areas and resources back to their original functions by improving the self sustaining and ecological functionality of sites.

Project Highlights

This project was part of a phased comprehensive effort to restore 500 acres of nearshore habitat to Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, located in Henderson Inlet in southern Puget Sound. This phase of the project expanded upon previous efforts to restore nearshore and freshwater riparian ecosystem habitats by removing invasive species and replanting with native riparian vegetation. Weed control was conducted on 85 acres; and of those, 23 acres were planted using approximately 22,300 native trees and shrubs to restore native forest and Riparian Protection. The overall project also included enhancement of environmental education and recreational opportunities at Woodard Bay.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: State Lands Restoration & Enhancement WWRP Grant: $289,764.44 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Restoration County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 10-1353

Location Details

Weyer Point Property: From I-5 exit at Port of Olympia. Continue north on Plum Street for approximately 6 miles (the road becomes East Bay then Boston Harbor). Turn right onto Woodard Bay Rd. Continue approximately 1.5 miles and merge left onto Libby Rd. Take a right back onto Woodard Bay Rd. Travel approximately 1/2 mile and the parking area is on the left just before crossing the Woodard Bay Bridge. The restoration area is behind a locked gate that is accessible by contacting DNR or by walking approximately 1 mile into the NRCA via Witham Rd. From I-5, take the Sleater-Kinnet exit in lacey, North bound. Continue North and bear left on 56th, which comes to a T with Chinke. Turn Right. The property begins at the next cross street on the left. Two homes on the former parcel are not within the NRCA. Wood Duck Lake Property: Form the NRCA parking area travel southwest on Woodard Bay Rd.Turn right onto Schinke Rd. The property is located on the right.

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.