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View of Cougar Mountain and Squak Mountain Corridor.

Cougar Mtn - Squak Mtn Wildlife Corridor

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WWRP Applicant: Issaquah WWRP Category: Urban Wildlife WWRP Grant: $496,937 Applicant Match: $1,307,938 Project Type: Acquisition County: King  Legislative District: 5th 

Issaquah will use this grant to buy 40 acres of forested property in the Cougar Mountain-Squak Mountain Wildlife Corridor. The property is in the middle of Issaquah's Talus Natural Area, King County Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, and the 6,365-acre Squak Mountain State Park. The wildlife corridor provides a natural area for animals to move between Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to the west and Squak Mountain State Park to the east. These larger natural areas are home to a variety of wildlife including black bears, cougars, deer, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, and Neotropical songbirds.

RCO Project Number: 06-1749

Location

City of Issaquah: From I-90; take Exit #15 (SR 900); turn south onto SR 900; turn left at Newport Way; turn right onto 12th Avenue NW; turn right Mt. Olympus Drive SW which turns into Mt. Park Blvd.; turn right onto Mountainside Drive, follow to top; turn right onto Squak Mt. Loop; turn right on Sierra Court, park at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Red Marker Cougar Mtn - Squak Mtn Wildlife Corridor
Issaquah will use this grant to buy 40 acres of forested property in the Cougar Mountain-Squak Mountain Wildlife Corridor. The property is in the middle of Issaquah's Talus Natural Area, King County Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, and the 6,365-acre Squak Mountain State Park. The wildlife corridor provides a natural area for animals to move between Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to the west and Squak Mountain State Park to the east. These larger natural areas are home to a variety of wildlife including black bears, cougars, deer, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, and Neotropical songbirds.
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The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.

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