East Monroe Heritage Site Acquisition – WWRP-UW

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Monroe City of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $ 500,000.00 Applicant Match: $ 1,565,000.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Snohomish Legislative District: 39 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1698

Location Details

From Monroe at the intersection of US 2 and E Main Street, drive east on US 2 approximately .5 miles. The property is located on the north side of US 2 and extends for approximately .5 miles to driveway access. The property is located west of the driveway.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.