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

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to purchase about 127 acres of habitat on Cypress Island, including about 108 acres of uplands and 19 acres of Riparian Protection and tidelands. These acquisitions will help to protect a native grassland bald, one of the best examples of the Roemer’s fescue-field chickweed-junegrass plant community and help to conserve habitat for more than 130 species of shore, wetland and forest resident migrant birds known to inhabit Cypress Island. This project supports passive recreational opportunities in Skagit County.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: 1200000 Applicant Match: 0 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.