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West Fork Humptulips River

Adding protected lands along a great Olympic Peninsula salmon stream

The West Fork Humptulips River supports habitat for fish and wildlife. WRC conserved the last unprotected stretch of river within the Olympic National Forest.
The West Fork Humptulips River supports habitat for fish and wildlife. WRC conserved the last unprotected stretch of river within the Olympic National Forest.
Photography | John Russell
The West Fork Humptulips is outstanding habitat for anadromous fish, supporting runs of chinook, coho, chum, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout. This area is also home to bald eagle, which feed on the healthy runs of salmon and steelhead. WRC conserved two miles of prime spawning grounds along this outstanding stream.
The West Fork Humptulips is outstanding habitat for anadromous fish, supporting runs of chinook, coho, chum, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout. This area is also home to bald eagle, which feed on the healthy runs of salmon and steelhead. WRC conserved two miles of prime spawning grounds along this outstanding stream.
Photography | Jay Thompson

The West Fork Humptulips River flows through the Olympic National Forest at the southwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula. The West Fork is outstanding habitat for anadromous fish, supporting runs of chinook, coho, chum, steelhead and sea-run cutthroat trout. Healthy salmon runs make the Humptulips prime habitat for bald eagles as well.

A 300-acre property, with two miles of the best spawning grounds along the upper river, was the only remaining privately owned land along the West Fork within the National Forest. Western Rivers Conservancy negotiated purchase of the land from Equitable Life Assurance Society and conveyed the property to the Olympic National Forest in 1995. The Bullitt Foundation and Packard Foundation both contributed loans to help purchase the property.

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