Dungeness Habitat Protection- RM 6.5 to 7.5 Phase

Salmonid Habitat Restoration and Acquisition

Land or Easement Acquisition
Project ID14-1384 A
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date12/03/2014
End Date03/01/2019
Year2014
StatusCompleted
Last Edited04/19/2022
 
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Description    


The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe used funding to advance ongoing riparian and floodplain habitat protection along the Dungeness River near Sequim. The Dungeness River flows out of the Olympic Mountains across a glacial plain (west of Sequim, WA. in Clallam County) and then into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Over the last century, a significant portion of the Dungeness Rivers floodplain was disconnected from the river through the construction of levees, roads, and structures.

This project conserved Four Dungeness River floodplain properties totaling 21.44 acres with 1.03 miles of river-frontage between RM 6.5 (Hwy 101) and river mile 10.5. All properties are within the channel migration zone, high-quality floodplain forest habitat with side channels, and protection will improve natural riverine and floodplain function. The goal of the project is to assemble critical habitat to reconnect to the Dungeness River, in order to improve spawning and rearing conditions for ESA listed Chinook, bull trout, summer chum, and steelhead, non-listed, coho, pinks, and fall chum as well as creating additional recreation opportunities for fisherman, hikers, and bird watchers.

The Tribe completed a 2017 Technical memo of the Tribes greenbook (Recommended Land Protection Strategies for the Dungeness River Riparian Area, August 2003). The memo provides further guidance for land acquisition priority. The four properties the Tribe purchased are prioritized as 3 being high priority for purchase (Caldero, Madison, RL Smith) and one being medium priority for purchase (Jenkins).


Additional floodplain properties between river mile 9.5 and 10.5, were added to the project in order to afford appraisal and other due diligence expenses, but the properties themselves were acquired as part of project #16-1367, Dungeness R. Floodplain Restoration-Kinkade Phase.

No restoration took place on the properties purchased. However, natural resources staff began efforts planning for restoration of the streambank of the Caldero property acquisition. The Caldero streambank consists of large rip rap to be removed. Lands purchased were not former timber land, but were zoned for single family residents where minimal clearing occurred. The Tribe is looking at restoration and determining if natural seeding of the mature forested area will promote natural recolonization or if the Tribe will need to jump start recolonization and where.




Project Benefit    


To protect critical salmon spawning and rearing habitat along the Dungeness River in the amount of 21.04 acres.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Land Acquisition
  Acres Acquired or Protected 21.4 23.9
  Stream Bank Miles Acquired
  or Protected
1.03 1.03

Funding Details

SourceFunds
State$742,883
Other$179,492
Report Total:$922,375


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Worksites

1-Dungeness River-Dawley Reac    


  • Worksite Identifier: 1-Dungeness River-Dawley Reac
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Area Description

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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.07339335
  • Longitude: -123.14837842

ESU

  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Coho Salmon ESU
  • Hood Canal Summer-run Chum Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Un-Named ESU Chum
  • Un-Named ESU Pink
  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU

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Metrics

Metrics
  • C.0 Salmonid Habitat Restoration and AcquisitionY (Y/N)
    •      . . C.0.a Habitat restoration and acquisition funding 922,375.00
    •      . . C.0.b Length of stream treated/protected 1.03
    •      . . C.0.c
      Project identified in a Plan or Watershed Assessment
    •      . . 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 922,375.15
      •      . . . . 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 1.03
        •      . . . . . . C.10.c.6 Acres of land, wetland or estuarine area acquired 21.4