Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.
This month’s featured project is Magnuson Park Wetlands/Habitat Restoration, located on the ancestral land of the Duwamish people. The project created approximately 2 acres of new and restored wetlands as part of a larger restoration project to improve habitat and water quality. Work included adding new wetlands and enhancing existing wetlands by removing invasive plants, planting, and creating small ponds. Grasslands were converted to a new wetland, and we enhanced the upland buffer functions by creating upland shrub and upland forest habitats in a mosaic.