Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.
The City of Monroe will use this grant to buy 43 acres of undeveloped land along the Skykomish River, off U.S. Route 2, for wildlife viewing and environmental interpretation. The land is a diverse compilation of bluffs, salmon-bearing oxbow channel, and wetlands, which provide critical places for fish to rest during high flows. There is a natural connection to the Skykomish River and 90-acre Al Borlin Park to the southwest. The landowner has asked to rezone the land to general commercial and is planning to clear the land and fill it with 6,000 truckloads of material. Monroe will contribute more than $1.5 million in cash, conservation futures, and a federal grant.