As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects protecting wildlife habitat and rare geological features while preserving public access for back-country recreation.
This month’s featured project is Cattle Point on the ancestral land of the Sammish and Salish Tribes. This project completed acquisition along Griffin Bay in San Juan County of over 1,000 feet of waterfront containing the last unprotected portion of Third Lagoon. This site, which bald eagles use, links DNR and National Park Service lands, ensures continued public enjoyment of waterfront trails, and protects an important scientific area.