Proposed Dewatto Natural Resources Conservation Area
   

 
The proposed Dewatto Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) seeks protection for approximately five miles of Hood Canal shoreline, including Dewatto Bay and Little Dewatto Bay. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with our partners at the Trust for Public Land, Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, and Great Peninsula Conservancy, are proposing a 1,700 acre NRCA to ensure conservation of important Hood Canal features for enjoyment by future generations: Lowland forests, high-functioning riparian areas, and vital nearshore and estuary habitat for fish and wildlife.
 
DNR manages NRCAs for conservation, wildlife habitat and low-impact recreation uses. An NRCA designation does not change local land-use zoning, permitted land uses, or development code requirements, and it imposes no new restrictions on landowners.
 
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct two public information meetings on June 26th and June 28th in Dewatto and Belfair concerning the proposal of the Dewatto Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). Staff from DNR’s natural areas program will hold a public hearing and a public comment period later this summer to provide information and receive testimony on the proposed boundary.
 
View the Proposed Dewatto NRCA Factsheet and Proposed Dewatto NRCA Boundary Map.
 
For more information, contact
Katie Woolsey
Natural Areas Manager
206-375-3558
 
When: June 26, 2018 at 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: North Mason Timberland Library (23081 NE State Route 3 Belfair, WA)
 
When: June 28, 2018 at 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Port of Dewatto Building (2501 NE Dewatto Rd, Tahuya, WA)