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.
As part of DNR’s efforts to preserve a large San Juan island and its native ecosystem, this project acquired 140 acres within the Cypress Island NRCA. .