Acquisition of 1,300 Acres Would Expand Dosewallips State Park – Kitsap Sun

A good idea for protecting the river and salmon. Buying out real estate owners is a worthwhile idea if we are going to protect streams.

5/11 Kitsap Sun

By Christopher Dunagan
Dosewallips State Park could be expanded by 1,300 acres, adding protection for prime habitat along the south side of the Dosewallips River, according to a plan gaining widespread support, officials say.

The plan, still in its early stages, depends on the success of several state grants as well as complex real-estate negotiations, according to Lisa Lantz, regional resource steward for the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission.

The top priority is to acquire property within 1,500 feet of the south bank of the Dosewallips River to preserve habitat, Lantz said. Three grants, totaling about $2 million, have been requested from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the Recreation and Conservation Office and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. If approved, they should provide enough money to acquire most — if not all — of the river corridor, according to Richard Brocksmith of the Hood Canal Coordinating Council.
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