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 Bainbridge Island Land Trust (Land Trust) will use this grant to acquire about 61 acres of privately held forest habitat within the Gazzam Nature Preserve. The land will protect habitat for five species of woodpecker, Douglas squirrel and northern flying squirrel as well as ruffed grouse and three species of owls. This project primarily provides opportunities for passive recreation in a natural setting, including hiking and bird watching.