Curley Creek Estuary Acquisition

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Land or Easement Acquisition
Project ID02-1592 A
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date06/02/2003
End Date11/15/2004
Last Edited04/19/2022
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The Great Peninsula Conservancy acquired 17.6 acres to preserve the Curley Creek estuary in Kitsap County south of Manchester. The acquisition comprises the estuarys entire shoreline, the surrounding steep slopes, and six adjacent forested upland parcels.

The Curley/Salmonberry Creek system, one of the largest watersheds in south Kitsap, supports five species of salmonids: Chinook, coho, chum, steelhead and cutthroat. The estuary is in a relatively natural state and in good condition, without any armoring or other development on its shoreline or slopes. Estuaries are critical to the survival of salmon, providing rearing habitat for juveniles and refugia for adults and juveniles, and serving as crucial transition zones for smolts moving from fresh to salt water. Extensive alterations of estuaries and other nearshore areas by humans have seriously harmed these habitats and the species most dependent on them -- particularly chum and Chinook, both present in the Curley Creek estuary.

If these lands had been developed, the mature native forest would have been replaced with residences, drainfields and impervious surfaces, with attendant impacts to the propertys steep slopes, the shoreline and the estuary itself. This acquisition protects these acres for conservation and educational use will keep this estuary in its natural state for use by the diversity of salmonids that use this system and adjacent nearshore areas.

Project Benefit    

The goal of the project is to protect intact habitat from degradation. The objective of the project is to protect salmon refugia and habitat that are parts of key ecological processes.


Metric Completed Originally
Land Acquisition
  Acres Acquired or Protected 17.6 21.2
  Stream Bank Miles Acquired
  or Protected
.50 .50

Funding Details

Report Total:$358,457

Project Map


1-Curley Cr Estuary Acquisiti    

  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Curley Cr Estuary Acquisiti
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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound
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  • Watershed:
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 47.51996742
  • Longitude: -122.54737528


  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Coho Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Chum Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 358,457.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected .50
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
      Kitsap County, 2000, Kitsap Peninsula Salmonid Refugia Study
    •      . . C.0.d.1 Project Monitoring (LOV)
    •      . . C.0.d.2 Monitoring Location (LOV)
    •      . . C.10 Land or Easement AcquisitionY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . C.10.a Land acquisition funding 358,457.20
      •      . . . . C.10.b Habitat treatments applied (LOV)
      •      . . . . C.10.c.1 Acquisition or lease of land, wetland or estuarine area for conservationY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.2 Type of acquisition to protect habitat (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.3 Type of property protected (LOV)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.4 Date of expiration of protection12/31/9999 (mm/dd/yyyy)
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.5 Miles of streambank protected by land or easement acquisition .50
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.6 Acres of land, wetland or estuarine area acquired 17.6