big beef creek & estuary
The goal of the Big Beef Estuary Acquisition project is to protect 303 acres of estuary, freshwater wetland and riparian habitat critical to coho salmon, ESA listed Hood Canal Summer Chum Salmon and ESA listed Puget Sound steelhead.
This project will permanently protect critical habitat for six species of Pacific salmon. Summer and fall chum and pink salmon spawn in the lower 1.5 miles of acquired creek. Juvenile coho, steelhead and cutthroat rear in the wetland and floodplains of the project area. Non-natal out migrating juvenile Chinook salmon utilize the estuary as foraging habitat on their way to the ocean.
In 2019 we protected 249 acres, an in 2021 we will add 54 more acres to this project.