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.
This is an acquisition for the 92-acre Hat Island, which lies on the western edge of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Bald eagles and peregrine falcon use the island for perching and feeding.