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.
Issaquah will use this grant to buy 40 acres of forested property in the Cougar Mountain-Squak Mountain Wildlife Corridor. The property is in the middle of Issaquah’s Talus Natural Area, King County Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, and the 6,365-acre Squak Mountain State Park. The wildlife corridor provides a natural area for animals to move between Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park to the west and Squak Mountain State Park to the east. These larger natural areas are home to a variety of wildlife including black bears, cougars, deer, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels, and Neotropical songbirds.