Cypress Island Natural Area 2008

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

The Department of Natural Resources used this grant to acquire privately owned waterfront properties on Cypress Island, which were subject to possible conversion to incompatible and/or ecologically irreversible uses. The Cypress Island Natural Area provides opportunities for directed public use and environmental education, while protecting critical habitat and rare plant communities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $1,795,330.89 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Skagit Legislative District: 40 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1177

Location Details

Northwest of Anacortes 4 miles by boat to the Island of cypress (not on public 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.