We are thrilled to share the good news: a critical stretch of Washington’s Nisqually River is now permanently protected! Western Rivers Conservancy and our partner, the Nisqually Land Trust, have successfully conserved over a mile of this incredibly important salmon stream, a stretch of the lower river that is critical to the health of the Nisqually and its fish.
Rising from the glaciers of Mount Rainier and flowing into the South Puget Sound, Washington’s Nisqually River is an anomaly in more ways than one. It’s the only river in the nation that is book-ended by a national park in its headwaters and a national wildlife refuge at its delta (Mount Rainer National Park up top and the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge at the mouth). Though suburban development encroaches from the nearby cities of Olympia and Tacoma, the Nisqually also remains a relatively wild stream, undeveloped along much of its length—both rarities for Puget Sound rivers. And the Nisqually River mouth is the largest undeveloped delta in Puget Sound.