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 that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.
This project acquired 4150 acres of freshwater surge plain wetland and spruce forest ecosystem for addition to the Chehalis River Natural Area Preserve. The project area is located east of Cosmopolis on the Chehalis River.