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 Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to buy about 164 acres of shoreline and nearby forestland within Dabob Bay Natural Area on Hood Canal. This area includes examples of coastal spits, coastal bluffs, and shorelines that provide sediment and large woody materials. The project includes enhanced protection for the agency’s Dabob Bay Natural Area Preserve, as well as education and research opportunities.