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.
This acquisition of a 85-acre key waterfront property protects lands threatened by conversion to residential uses. Cypress Island is a unique site in the San Juan Islands.