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 used this grant to acquire approximately 127 acres of shoreline parcels within Dabob Bay Natural Area. The project area contained high-quality examples of coastal spits. This site includes coastal bluffs and shorelines that provide sediment and woody debris for continued ecological function of the coastal spits. Additionally, high-quality examples of under-represented forest vegetation types listed in the Natural Heritage Plan are included in this acquisition. The site is located in the Hood Canal region of Puget Sound, in Jefferson County.