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Stavis NRCA / Kitsap Forest NAP 2010
- Funded in 2011
The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to buy 103 acres in the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area and Kitsap Forest Natural Area near Bremerton. The land is part of a larger area that contains the highest quality of a rare forest of trees more than 100 years old. More than 98 percent of similar mature forests have been lost since European settlement in the Puget trough ecoregion, which runs the length of Washington between the Cascade Mountains on the east and the Olympic Mountains and Willapa Hills on the west. The larger area contains managed forestlands that are one of the most important landscapes for the conservation of biological diversity in the Puget trough. Stavis Creek, which runs through the property, is one of the best remaining Hood Canal salmon spawning habitats and is a designated recovery area for threatened Hood Canal summer chum. High-quality freshwater wetlands form the headwaters of the creek and have habitat for cavity-nesting ducks. The land also hosts an active bald eagle nest, a small great blue heron rookery, breeding mountain quail, cougar, and black bear. The objective is to protect the connected forests and wetlands from development, logging, and other commercial uses.
What is the WWRP?
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.