Fish & Wildlife Service Announces $20 Million in Grants, $7.5 Million to Six Washington Counties

The grants will be used to acquire, restore or enhance coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to

provide long-term conservation benefits to fish, wildlife and their habitat. The National Coastal Wetlands 
Conservation Grant Program is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and funded under 
provisions of the 1990 Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. Funding is provided by 
Sport Fish Restoration Act revenue – money generated from an excise tax on fishing equipment, motorboat 
and small engine fuels.

Coastal Wetland Grants in Washington announced today include:

Lower Dungeness Floodplain and Estuary Restoration (Clallam County)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, 
proposes to acquire and conserve 28 acres of wetlands, shoreline and buffers within the Lower Dungeness 
Floodplain and Estuarine Basin. This project will build upon a network of properties that are already in 
conservation in the Basin and leverage other state funded acquisitions. This project will also remove unused 
buildings, utility poles, septic tanks and approximately 400 cubic yards of creosote-contaminated debris from 
estuarine and marine wetlands adjacent to and at the project site. The Dungeness River estuary supports a 
rich and diverse ecological community that includes more than 250 bird species, 44 species of land 
mammals, 11 marine mammal species, 10 species of reptiles and amphibians and 23 species of fish.

Grant: $930,300

Non-federal cost share: $517,250

Total project cost: $1,456,550

North Livingston Bay Wetlands Phase 1 (Island County)

The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, proposes to 
permanently protect and begin restoration of 113 acres of coastal wildlife habitat, including 45 acres of 
tidelands, in Livingston Bay on Camano Island. The wetlands are part of Port Susan Bay and are adjacent to 
the Skagit and Stillaguamish River Deltas, which together account for more than a 36 percent of tidal 
wetlands in Puget Sound and support significant runs of salmon that use the wetlands throughout Port Susan 
Bay. This acquisition is a priority for The Puget Sound Partnership Nearshore Action Agenda. Phase 1 is the 
first step in a larger acquisition and restoration project that will provide both direct and indirect benefits to a 
large and diverse assemblage of fish and wildlife species, including salmon, forage fish, waterfowl, 
shorebirds, waterbirds, seabirds, neotropical migratory birds, raptors, marine mammals and many other 
species.

Grant: $1,000,000

Non-federal cost share: $450,000

Total project cost: 1,450,000

Tarboo-Dabob Acquisition and Restoration Phase 3 (Jefferson County)

The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with Northwest Watershed Institute, is proposing to 
permanently protect 119 acres that are critical to forming a continuous nature preserve surrounding Tarboo-
Dabob Bay, one of the least developed coastal embayments remaining in Puget Sound. This area represents 
the most threatened and biologically significant private parcels that are within the state-designated 6,284-
acre Dabob Bay Natural Area, identified in 2009 as state-wide priority for protection by the Department of 
Natural Resources’ Natural Heritage program. In previous phases, multiple properties totaling 3,681 acres 
were protected from the headwaters to the estuary. The project will protect a diversity of at-risk freshwater 
and estuarine species including five salmon stocks, forage fish species, numerous shorebird, waterfowl, and 
land bird species. This project is essential for the continued success of the effort by 42 project partners, 
including state, federal, tribal, shellfish grower, and landowner interests, to protect and restore these Puget

Sound coastal wetlands of state-wide and national significance.

Grant: $1,000,000

Non-federal cost share: $500,000

Total project cost: $1,500,000

Snow Creek Salt Marsh and Near Shore Restoration Phase 2 (Jefferson County)

The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and 
Wildlife and the North Olympic Salmon Coalition, proposes to restore the Snow Creek estuary and nearshore 
areas. Phase 2 builds upon work in Phase 1 to restore the natural processes, conditions, functions, and 
biological resources to approximately 21.4 acres of shoreline, estuary and uplands that have been severely 
impacted by past development. The wetlands provide important habitat for summer chum salmon, Puget 
Sound Chinook and steelhead, coho salmon, cutthroat trout, and numerous other fish and wildlife species 
such as shellfish, forage fish and migratory shorebirds. The project involves removal of a creosote-
impregnated trestle over Snow Creek; tide channel construction to restore 2 acres of salt marsh; alteration of 
1760 feet of railroad grade; removal and replacement of a private waterline utility; and planting 1.4 acres of 
marine riparian areas with native vegetation.

Grant: $815,435

Non-federal cost share: $370,669

Total project cost: $1,186,104

Port Gamble Bay Shoreline Acquisition (Kitsap County)

The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with Kitsap County, proposes to acquire 225 acres of 
diverse estuarine bay, wetland complexes, tidelands, and adjacent maritime forest. The Port Gamble Bay 
Shoreline Acquisition project is part of a large landscape-scale conservation initiative known as the Kitsap 
Forest and Bay Project which seeks to protect 1.78 miles of shoreline and 6,690 acres surrounding Port 
Gamble Bay. The project area contains some of the most pristine nearshore habitat in the upper Hood Canal 
watershed, featuring gravel beaches, mud flats, sand spits, and freshwater input from numerous small 
streams. Port Gamble Bay provides important, refuge and feeding habitat for salmonids as well as spawning 
habitat for the second largest stock of Pacific Herring in Puget Sound. This proposal will provide both direct 
and indirect benefits to a diverse array of wildlife species, including waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, 
neotropical migratory birds, raptors and owls, anadromous fish, forage fish, mammals, and other species.

Grant: $1,000,000

Non-federal cost share: $520,000

Total project cost: $1,520,000

Fudge Point Shoreline Acquisition (Mason County)

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (State Parks) proposes to protect 31 acres of 
tidelands, wetlands, and forested uplands on Harstene Island through a fee acquisition. This is part of a larger 
project to protect tidelands, wetlands, and associated uplands at Fudge Point. The property has been an 
acquisition priority for State Parks since the 1960s and supports many regional and local plans, including 
The Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda. The Fudge Point acquisition protects sandy beaches, feeder 
bluffs, high-functioning marine riparian habitats, unarmored shoreline, and a 4.6-acre pocket estuary. Puget 
Sound Chinook, coho, and steelhead will benefit from this project. Spawning sites for sand lance and rock 
sole, forage fish that are an essential part of the Puget Sound food web, are documented on site, as well as on 
adjacent beaches.

Grant: $1,000,000

Non-federal cost share: $1,010,000

Total project cost: $2,010,000

Oakland Bay Estuary Conservation Phase 3 (Mason County)

The Washington Department of Ecology, working with multiple partners, proposes to acquire, restore, and 
permanently protect 76 acres of biologically-sensitive estuary, nearshore, and riparian habitat in the Johns 
Creek watershed which empties into Oakland Bay. The project will reconnect the project site to Oakland 
Bay, reestablish tidal inundation and nearshore function, and return a golf course area to native saltmarsh, 
shrubs and trees. The project site includes a 4,000 foot stretch of marine shoreline with remnant channels and 
emergent salt marsh and the mouth and part of lower Johns Creek, all of which provide important fish and 
wildlife habitat. This project is part of a larger strategic effort to conserve key marine near-shore and 
freshwater habitat in the Oakland Bay watershed as outlined in the South Puget Sound Salmon Recovery 
Plan. Oakland Bay is one of the largest commercial shellfish production areas in Puget Sound.

Grant: $1,000,000

Non-federal cost share: $1,300,000

Total project cost: $2,300,000

Kindred Island Acquisition (Pacific County)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) proposes to acquire and conserve 355 acres of 
wetlands, shoreline, and forested buffers along one of the most pristine bays in the country and its tributaries. 
The acquisition of Kindred Island ensures that the ecological integrity of northern Willapa Bay will be 
preserved and supports the WDFW’s goal of protecting and restoring the critical estuarine habitats in 
Willapa Bay. Once the acquisition is complete, WDFW plans to eventually remove a dike that restricts tidal 
inundation of the pastures. This will enable the site to return to a mosaic of estuarine mudflats, marshes, and 
channels and will benefit multiple species of fish, waterfowl, and shorebirds.

Grant: $803,500

Non-federal cost share: $373,237

Total project cost: $1,176,737

Including the 2013 grants, the Service has awarded about $320 million to coastal states and territories since 
the program began in 1992. When the 2013 projects are complete, about 298,000 acres of habitat will have 
been protected, restored or enhanced as a direct result of these grants. A complete nation-wide list of projects 
funded by the 2013 grant program can be found online at 
http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2013/pdf/2013awardslist_v2.pdf.