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 Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to buy 63 acres from willing landowners on Ebey Island, near Everett. The land is next to the department’s more than 1,200-acre Snoqualmie Wildlife Area. The land includes 25 acres of wetland, 20 acres of forested wetland, and 5 acres of a residential property that will become a parking lot. The parking lot will connect to a county road, which will provide new access to more than 300 acres of department land that is accessible only by boat. The land is used by amphibians, shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl. The land will be used for bird hunting, wildlife viewing and photography, and hiking.