Cypress Island Natural Area 2016

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

Department of Natural Resources used this grant to purchase one of the most ecologically significant privately owned parcels on Cypress Island, which is comprised of 22.28 acres and included ineligible structures. Because of the complexities due to the ecological nature of the property and the challenges of removing structures from an island, DNR is not able to complete demolition within the grant period and needs to seek additional funding for these activities. Although assessment, design and permit work is currently underway, it is not expected to be complete before the end of June, 2023, and therefore DNR plans to seek funding for demolition and potential restoration of the property to commence in the 25-27 biennium. In addition to the sole purchase, DNR progressed relationships with other private landowners and appraised two other priority parcels but both offers were rejected.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $1,285,000.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Skagit Legislative District: 40 Status: Active RCO Project # 16-1417

Location Details

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