Ward Property Acquisition

The acquisition of the Ward property, which is comprised of eighty six acres along the north side of the Little Quilcene River and estuary, was finalized in September 2008. These private lands contain unaltered estuarine wetlands, gravel beaches and mudflats. This parcel provides a connecting corridor between lands already purchased at the mouth of the Big and Little Quilcene Rivers, improves both site specific protections and habitat fragmentation, on a landscape scale. This acquisition will allow continuations of the breaching of the north Little Quilcene River dike, and protect habitat from further degradation which will protect vital salmon habitat.