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.
Secured 1,000 acres of the Elk River estuary to provide for the long-term protection of four quality examples of salt marsh elements listed in the Natural Heritage Plan, and for nesting bald eagles. Project is in southern Grays Harbor County. DNR also received a $500,000 National Coastal Wetland Conservation Program federal grant to assist with this purchase.