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2017 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grant awards

We are excited to announce we were awarded $4.7 million in National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. There are six federally-funded projects that will conserve 2,582 acres of wetlands.

Although only states can apply for the grants, we work in close partnership with land trusts, local and tribal governments, and other entities to restore and protect wetlands across Washington. In the past decade, we've helped projects totaling almost $86 million conserve more than 10,000 acres of wetlands. Wetlands help control flooding, clean the environment, provide habitat, recharge groundwater, and do much more to benefit the ecosystem.

2017 funded projects

Barnum Point Acquisition ($1 million)

We are working in partnership with Island County to acquire 67 acres of Puget Sound waterfront property on the east side of Camano Island. The project is located in Port Susan Bay, within the greater Skagit and Stillaguamish river delta. This area is considered one of the most important places on Washington's northwest coast for estuarine and nearshore conservation due to its biodiversity and key role in supporting dozens of important estuarine-dependent species.

Dosewallips Floodplain and Estuary Restoration ($402,117)

We are working in partnership with Wild Fish Conservancy to restore five acres of tidally-influenced floodplain and enhance 25 acres of salt marsh and mudflats at Dosewallips State Park in Jefferson County. The project will improve ecosystem processes that create and maintain wetland habitats in Dosewallips River delta. This will be accomplished by recreating a distributary network on the river's right bank to reconnect the mainstem channel to the salt marsh to the south of the river.

Grayland Acquisition Project ($1 million)

We are working in partnership with Ducks Unlimited to acquire and protect 1,750 acres of diverse and threatened habitats, including wetlands in Grays Harbor County.

The property contains more than 1,100 acres of estuarine and palustrine wetland habitats, tidal mudflats, old-growth forests, interdunal wet / swale complexes and wet meadow / grasslands. The property is surrounded by existing conservation lands, located in close proximity to other state and federal public lands including Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Johns River Wildlife Area, and Bottle Beach and Grayland Beach state parks.

Lower Henderson Inlet Acquisition ($800,000)

We are working in partnership with Capitol Land Trust to acquire two parcels in Thurston County totaling 106 acres.

Following the acquisition, this project will restore 23 acres of nationally-declining palustrine emergent wetlands damaged by past agricultural use, including restoring the natural hydrologic function in some areas. Restoration activities will also remove dilapidated structures, debris, and invasive vegetation, and restore impacted areas to prevent potential water and soil contamination as well as the spread of invasive plants.

Zis a ba Estuary Restoration ($511,496)

We're working in partnership with the Stillaguamish Tribe to restore 88 acres of coastal wetlands in Snohomish County.

The project area is currently diked and isolated from tidal influence. The project will restore tidal and riverine influence by removing the majority of a perimeter levee and building a setback levee to protect surrounding property owners from flood damage.

View a YouTube video that documents this coastal wetland restoration project.

Zylstra Lake Acquisition ($1 million)

We're working in partnership with the San Juan County Land Bank to acquire and conserve nearly 550 acres on San Juan Island. The project includes two lakes, approximately 1 mile of riparian stream / estuary shoreline, and almost 3 miles of marine shoreline. The property is located in the 11,464-acre False Bay watershed.

The project will protect and reintegrate a network of lakes, wetlands, and riparian areas with the Pacific Ocean and protect associated water rights necessary for future stream restoration projects.