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 successfully acquired 33.53 acres on Cougar Mountain to protect an Urban Wildlife Habitat habitat connection from deforestation and expand Harvey Manning Park. This acquisition provides contiguous habitat and trailhead connection with the greater 5,000+ acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Squak Mountain State Park and Cougar/Squak Corridor. The forested property contains a variety of tree species, varied understory vegetation, and provides habitat structures.