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.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources used this grant to acquire approximately 497 acres of riparian, shoreline and upland habitat within the Dabob Bay Natural Area. The properties acquired included coastal bluffs, shorelines and uplands that provide sediment and woody debris for the continued ecological function of the larger Dabob Bay system. This Natural Area is located in the Hood Canal region of Puget Sound.