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Nisqually Land Trust acquires 2 major properties near Yelm!

Credit: Dennis Folk, Western Rivers Conservancy
via the Nisqually Land Trust Facebook post
, December 15, 2020.

We’re excited to announce that we have acquired the longest remaining run of wild salmon-producing shoreline on the Nisqually River — the property includes 174 acres of floodplain, upland forest, and nearly one mile of critical shoreline habitat [in the river’s Wilcox Reach along the Pierce County side of the river].

“The site was zoned for up to 34 homesites but will now remain undeveloped and permanently protected…forever.

“‘This property is the river’s crown jewel,’ said the trust’s lands committee chair George Walter in the release. ‘In terms of salmon recovery, there’s nothing else quite like it.'”]

“A long list of partners supported the Land Trust’s work on this 5-year conservation project, including Western Rivers Conservancy, Wilcox Family Farms, and the Nisqually Indian Tribe. And nearly $1 million of the property’s purchase price was secured through project funding from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office and the state’s Department of Ecology Streamflow Protection program.” by the Nisqually Land Trust on Facebook.

“We’ve just protected another 21 acres of critical salmon habitat along one of the most dynamic reaches of the Nisqually River.

“The newly protected property is across the river from our recently acquired 174-acre “crown jewel” shoreline property, on the Wilcox Reach – a rich webwork of forested floodplain, wetlands, and sandy gravel bars. It’s one of the river’s most productive zones for all five salmon species native to the Nisqually Watershed.

“This project was made possible by support from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Puget Sound Acquisition & Restoration Program, Thurston Conservation Futures, a generous donation from the landowner – and you! Thank you!” by the Nisqually Land Trust on Facebook.

Please consider supporting our work by making a donation here: https://nisquallylandtrust.org/how-to-help/donate/

Blogger Klein is a long-time Nisqually Land Trust member and contributor.

Posted by Steve on December 29, 2020 at 1:01 am | Permalink

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  1. How thrilling! Thanks for letting us know!

    Comment by marcia keilee on December 29, 2020 at 1:55 pm

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