The Nisqually Indian Tribe is currently accepting grant proposals by local governments and environmental organizations to help solicit on-the-ground habitat restoration projects, land acquisitions or assessments to benefit the Nisqually River watershed and its Salmon Recovery strategy. 

About $400,000 in state funding is available for these projects, according to a release by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. Total funding available for projects has not yet been established by the state legislature.

The Nisqually River Council will rank the eligible applications, then submit them to the state Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the state legislature for funding consideration. Projects of high priority and geographic area within the watershed’s Salmon Recovery strategy have the best chance of receiving funding.

Interested organizations must submit a letter of intent to the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources Office by March, 1, with completed applications due Aug. 8. Eligible candidates include local governments, state agencies, conservation districts, tribes, non profit organizations, special purpose districts, Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups and private landowners. 

For more information, contact Ashley Von Essen at 360-456-5221 or by email at

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