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Whispering Firs Bog
- Funded in 2011
The Vashon Park District will use this grant to buy voluntary land preservation agreements that prevent development on nearly 17 acres, encompassing 95 percent of Whispering Firs bog, and bringing the total protected acres to nearly 19. Housing development along the edge of this sensitive habitat would endanger the health of this sphagnum-dominated wetland, a wetland type listed as a top priority for protection by the State Department of Natural Resources. Whispering Firs bog is along the Vashon highway, and offers visitors opportunities to see birds such as the pileated woodpecker, a state candidate for listing as at risk of extinction, and migrating song birds. The park district will contribute $420,000 in donations of cash and property interest.
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.