Ecology wins federal grants to protect 237 acres of coastal wetlands


We’re happy to announce that we’ve helped secure nearly $3.4 million in National grants for coastal wetland conservation to protect 237 acres of coastal wetland habitat in Island, Jefferson and Mason counties.

This year, Washington received the second-highest number of federal wetland conservation grants under the US Fish and Wildlife Service program. Since 1992, we’ve successfully helped projects totaling approximately $132 million to conserve nearly 15,000 acres of coastal wetlands in the state.

Coastal wetlands often rival tropical rainforests and coral reefs as some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on the planet. They include estuarine salt marshes as well as freshwater wetlands that extend inland in a watershed.

Although only U.S. states and territories can apply for federal conservation grants, we work closely with our local and tribal government partners and conservation organizations to identify projects and develop proposals to restore and protect wetlands. that the federal government must consider.

Funded in part by taxes paid on fuel and equipment purchases by recreational fishers and boaters, the federal National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grants Program provides up to $1 million for individual conservation projects. wet area.

Here are the Washington projects receiving funding in 2022.

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

Anderson Creek. Image courtesy John Gussman.

We work in collaboration with the Northwest Watershed Institute and the Washington Department of Natural Resources permanently protect and restore 3.6 acres of critical coastal wetland habitat in the Dabob Bay Natural Area in Jefferson County. The project will conserve and restore the last unprotected patch in the Anderson Creek Valley. Ecologically diverse, the property includes both nationally and regionally declining forested freshwater and scrub and shrub wetland types. The restoration includes the removal of roads and a culvert that blocks fish passage to most of Anderson Creek, home to many species at risk including rainbow and coastal cutthroat trout, salmon coho, the western lamprey, as well as many important species of birds and mammals.

Acquisition of Discovery Creek and Wetlands ($727,000)

Discovery Creek with property and creek highlighted. Image courtesy John Gussman.

Working in partnership with the Northwest Watershed Institute, the project will protect 90 acres along Discovery Creek in the Dabob Bay Natural Area in Jefferson County. It includes the preservation of headwaters and wetlands at the upper end of Discovery Creek, a salmon stream and the second largest freshwater system entering Tarboo-Dabob Bay. The new acquisition fills a critical gap since most of the Discovery Creek watershed is already protected. The new project will conserve significant upland coniferous and hardwood forests that are home to Discovery Creek and associated wetlands that also provide habitat for many species of wildlife.

Acquisition of Livingston Bay ($1 million)

Livingston Bay. Image courtesy Dawn Pucci.

This project is located on the east side of Camano Island in Island County. In collaboration with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, Stillaguamish Indians Tribe, Tulalip Tribes and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the project will acquire 94 acres and a conservation easement over an additional 32 acres, including 25 acres of flooded land and 2,600 feet of seashore on Livingston Bay. The project will contribute to efforts to restore the Puget Sound ecosystem by enabling land protection and subsequent restoration of the tidal estuary and wetlands, which will increase the critical habitat available for several species of fish and species. wildlife, including chinook salmon and rainbow trout. Port Susan Bay is also a key stop along the Pacific Flyway for migrating waterfowl.

West Oakland Bay Restoration – Phase 3 ($1 million)

Oakland Bay. Image courtesy of Brian Zierdt.

We work 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 located in Mason County. The project will restore 18.6 acres of salt marsh, remove 1.5 acres of invasive plants in the riparian zone, and remove a quarter mile of shoreline armouring. The aim is to restore and permanently protect a salt marsh estuary that was lost when an industrial port was established over 100 years ago. This important project is part of a larger effort to conserve and restore coastal, estuarine and freshwater habitats in the Oakland Bay watershed that are important for recreation, shellfish, tribal uses and wildlife.


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