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2018 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grant awards

We are excited to announce we were awarded $5 million in National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to fund five projects.

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.

2018 funded projects

Barnum Point phase 2 acquisition ($1 million)

We are working in partnership with Island County to acquire 30 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.

Photo courtesy of Brandon Palmer

Big Beef Creek Estuary acquisition ($1 million)

We are working in partnership with the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group to acquire and protect 126 acres of estuary, freshwater wetland, and riparian habitat in Kitsap County. This property, on the lower Big Beef Creek, feeds into Hood Canal on the west side of the Kitsap Peninsula. The project will result in the conservation of a complex, functional, and truly connected coastal wetland ecosystem that is crucial for many salmon species.

Photo courtesy of
Jamie Michel

 

Elwha River Delta acquisition and restoration ($1 million)

We are working in partnership with the Coastal Watershed Institute to conserve historic Elwha River estuary wetlands and will restore marine shoreline along the historic river delta in Clallam County. The project will maximize coastal wetland benefits associated with the removal of the Elwha River dams by coupling watershed-scale restoration with estuary and nearshore conservation and restoration. This project is part of a broader effort by local partners to protect the Elwha River corridor from headwaters to estuary/nearshore.

Guemes Island coastal acquisition ($1 million)

We are working in partnership with the Skagit Land Trust to acquire and permanently protect 143 acres on Guemes Island in Skagit County. This project will conserve over 4,000 feet of marine coastline, including over 27 acres of feeder bluffs and associated coastal forest uplands. In addition, it will conserve 116 acres of marine shoreline and the largest coastal wetland ecosystem on the island, which includes freshwater wetlands, meadows, and creeks.

Photo courtesy of Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Lower Dungeness floodplain restoration ($1 million)

We are working in partnership with Clallam County to restore the lower Dungeness River to its floodplain and associated wetlands. This project will reconnect the lower Dungeness River to its historic channels and floodplain, insuring the perpetual conservation and restoration of wetlands, floodplain, and shoreline along one of the most important river systems on the Olympic Peninsula. This first phase effort will benefit more than 100 fish and wildlife species currently using the site, including four listed salmon species.