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.
The King County Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Parks will use this grant to acquire approximately 50.49 acres to preserve and enhance diverse bird species habitat and recreational opportunities. The properties are located adjacent to Green River Gorge State Park, two miles south of Black Diamond and two miles north of Enumclaw in King County. These acquisitions will help conserve state priority bird species habitat and recreational opportunities, two forested wetland plant communities designated as state priority habitat, supports Chinook, steelhead, and four other salmon species, and is home to an important part of one of the state’s 10 registered elk herds.