Cypress Island Natural Area 04

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

This proposal in Skagit County is for acquisition of privately-owned waterfront properties on Cypress Island, which are threatened with conversion to incompatible and/or ecologically irreversible uses. Cypress Island Natural Area Preserve/Natural Resource Conservation Area (NAP/NRCA) is a unique natural area due to its large size, ecological diversity and level of existing protection. Cypress Island has no infrastructure or ferry service, and limited development, all which help increase protection. Nearly 91% of the island is owned and managed by DNR under NAP or NRCA designation. Securing additional funding is necessary in order to actively pursue acquisition of selected remaining lands. The threat of conversion is high due to rising property values in the San Juan Islands and the attractiveness of Cypress Island for vacation homes and resort facilities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: 2918164.4 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Skagit Legislative District: 40 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1330

Location Details

Northwest of Anacortes 4 miles by boat to the Island of Cypress (not on ferry route). There are Mooring Buoys at Pelican Beach and Cypress Head.

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.