Olympic Peninsula Conservation Programs

Rivers and Habitat Open Space Program

Program level:


Land use:



Washington DNR

Benefits provided: 


Water-focused program: 


Provide forestland that benefits environmental considerations.



Ensure long-term conservation of aquatic and upland resources by acquiring permanent
conservation easements. Forestlands with unconfined channel migration zones (CMZs) or critical habitat for state threatened and endangered species are eligible for the program.


Two types of land are eligible for the program: 1) forestland habitat critical for state-listed threatened or endangered species (Critical Habitat), and 2) a specific type of river habitat called unconfined channel migration zones (CMZ), which are islands of timber within a river channel that is actively shifting.

Identified as either "designated forestland" or "current use forestland" on county assessor records

Free of unacceptable liabilities such as hazardous substances or other site conditions that may jeopardize the preservation of fisheries enhancement or ecological protection of the project area.

Financial benefit: 

One time payment for easement

Contact information

Contact person: 

KelliAnne Ricks


Washington Department of Natural Resources

Phone number: 



Information last updated on November 1, 2021.

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