2022 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grant awards

We're excited to announce we were awarded just more than $3.37 million in National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to fund four 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. We've been successful in helping projects totaling about $132 million conserve more than 14,000 acres of wetlands. Wetlands help control flooding, clean the environment, provide habitat, recharge groundwater, and do much more to benefit the ecosystem.

2022 funded projects

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Aerial view of Dabob Bay. Photo courtesy of John Gussman.

Anderson Creek Wetlands Acquisition and Restoration – Phase 2 ($650,000)

We're working in collaboration with the Northwest Watershed Institute and the Washington Department of Natural Resources to permanently protect and restore critical coastal wetland habitat within the boundaries of the Dabob Bay Natural Area in Jefferson County. The project will conserve and restore 3.6 acres, representing the last unprotected parcel within the Anderson Creek valley, an ecologically diverse priority habitat within the Natural Area which includes nationally and regionally declining freshwater forested and scrub-shrub wetland types. The project will allow the remaining parcel to be acquired, and restoration will include the removal of roads and a culvert that blocks fish passage to most of Anderson Creek, which provides habitat for many at-risk species, including steelhead salmon, coho, coastal cutthroat trout, western brook lamprey, as well as many birds and mammals. 

Overview of the 90-acre area that will be protected along Discovery Creek. Photo courtesy of John Gussman.

Discovery Creek and Wetlands Acquisition ($727,000)

We're working in partnership with the Northwest Watershed Institute to protect 90 acres along Discovery Creek within the boundaries of the Dabob Bay Natural Area, located in Jefferson County. The project will protect the headwaters and wetlands at the upper end of Discovery Creek, a salmon stream and the second largest freshwater system entering Tarboo-Dabob Bay. This project will fill in a critical gap, as much of the rest of the Discovery Creek watershed has already been conserved. This project will also conserve important upland conifer and hardwood forests which buffer the wetlands and streams and provide habitat for many wildlife species. 

Eastside of Camano Island along Livingston Bay. Photo courtesy of Dawn Pucci.

Livingston Bay Acquisition ($1 million)

This project is a collaboration between the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, Stillaguamish Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife to acquire 94 acres in fee and 32 acres of conservation easement of former estuarine and wetland habitat, including 25 acres of tidelands, and 2,600 feet of shoreline on Livingston Bay, on the eastern side of Camano Island.  The project will protect high priority lands and enable future restoration to fully-functioning tidal estuary and wetland habitat in this highly critical location for estuarine and nearshore consevation. This project increases available critical coastal wetlands habitat for multiple species of fish and wildlife, including Puget Sound's Chinook salmon and steelhead. 

West Oakland Bay along Highway 3 just north of downtown Shelton, Mason County. Photo courtesy of Brian Zierdt.

West Oakland Bay Restoration Phase 3 ($1 million)

We are working with the Squaxin Island Tribe to complete the third and final phase of a project designed to restore critical coastal estuarine wetlands for Goldsborough Creek in west Oakland Bay, Mason County. The project will restore 18.6 acres of saltmarsh, remove 1.5 acres of invasive plants in the riparian zone, and remove ¼ mile of shoreline armoring. The goal is to reestablish and permanently protect a saltmarsh estuary that was lost when an industrial harbor was created over 100 years ago. This important project is part of a larger effort to conserve and restore nearshore, estuarine, and freshwater habitats in the Oakland Bay watershed that are important for recreation, shellfish, tribal uses, and wildlife.