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 is for the acquisition of numerous small privately-owned parcels within Chehalis River Natural Area Preserve, three miles east of Cosmopolis. The site is important as a freshwater surge plain wetland, and as habitat for a variety of plant and animal species. Federal monies were used to complete this project.