The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) was established by Congress in 2002 "for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses," giving priority to lands that can be effectively managed and protected and that have significant ecological value. Congress directed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to administer this program and to establish guidelines that would make CELCP project selection an objective and nationally competitive process. To meet this directive, NOAA developed CELCP guidelines that require states wanting to participate in this voluntary program to first prepare a Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Plan (CELCP Plan). NOAA requires approval of a CELCP plan for a state to be eligible to nominate grant application to NOAA under CELCP.
To assure Washington’s eligibility for future participation, and to help guide selection of state priority projects for nomination to NOAA, Ecology drafted a Washington State CELCP Plan. Although dedicated grant funds have not yet been authorized by Congress, a state plan has been drafted to assure Washington's eligibility for future participation.
Washington's CELCP Plan seeks to protect important coastal and estuarine areas having significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, which are threatened by conversion. It gives priority to lands which can be effectively managed and protected and which have significant ecological value. Local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, and state agencies with authority to own land are eligible to apply for land acquisition assistance.
The state CELCP Plan 1) identifies conservation needs and priority areas to acquire, 2) delineates general criteria for grant awards, and 3) establishes an approach for nominating projects for a competitive national review.
Download WA State CELCP Plan - April 2007 (PDF, 350 kb)
The Department of Ecology submitted three applications to NOAA for consideration of funding in Federal Fiscal Year 2012 under CELCP: Port Gamble Bay, Beaconsfield-on-the-Sound, and Dabob Bay Phase II. Dabob Bay Coastal Conservation and Natural Area Expansion, Phase II (PDF), Jefferson County, proposed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, a $2,700,000 grant application, ranked #1 in the national competition. Funding awaits Congressional appropriation.
Ecology submitted two applications to NOAA for consideration of funding in Federal Fiscal Year 2011 under CELCP. One project received funding: Dabob Bay Phase I in Jefferson County (Dabob Bay Natural Area Acquisition [PDF]). Proponent: Washington State Department of Natural Resources received $3,000,000 from NOAA. Federal funds are matched 1:1 by state, local, and non-governmental funds to complete the projects.
Ecology submitted three applications to NOAA for consideration of funding in FY 2010 under CELCP. One project received funding: Kiket Island Phase II in Skagit County (Kiket Island Addition to Deception Pass State Park - Phase II [PDF]). Proponent: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission received $3,000,000 from NOAA. Federal funds are matched 1:1 by state, local, and non-governmental funds to complete the projects.
More information? Contact Chris Hempleman, (360) 407-7258.
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