Beaver Lk Natural Area Preserve, Phase 2

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

This is a project to acquire 17.01 acres of privately owned, forested land within the City of Sammamish. This acquisition connects King County’s Soaring Eagle Park (628 acres) to the City’s Beaver Lake Preserve (57.6 acres) which in turn connects to the Hazel Wolf Wetlands (116 acres). The property contains a combination red alder, big leaf mape, Douglas fir, western redcedar and western hemlock forest as well as wetland ecosystems and, since the land has been undisturbed since the mid-1930’s, many trees are nearing old growth stature. The northern red-legged frog and willow flycatcher, both Federal Species of Concern, are documented inhabitants of the adjacent protected properties. Pileated woodpeckers, a State Candidate for Species of Concern, use this site as do bald eagle, on both federal and state lists as threatened. The parcels targeted for acquisition are highly threatened by development and are the last chance to form a contiguous wildlife preserve. If fully protected, the site has the potential to provide multiple public values including wildlife habitat, natural areas, water quality protection, and education.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Sammamish City of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $301,256.63 Applicant Match: $957,500.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 41 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 02-1221

Location Details

Heading East on I-90, take Exit 15. Turn left and cross I-90. Continue approximately 1 mile to E Lake Sammamish Pkwy. Turn left and go to 43rd (approx 1 mile). 43rd becomes 228th Ave SE at top of the hill. Continue N on 228th about 1.5 miles to 24th St SE. Turn right on 24th. At about 1.5 miles, the road takes sharp left and becomes W Beaver Lake Drive SE. Continue from this point .7 mile to small gravel lot beside the road. Parking lot is on the Beaver Lake Preserve. The acquisition site begins .3 mile to the East on the North side of the road from the Kipper residence, 1310 W Beaver Lake Dr SE.

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.