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.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to buy 30.27 acres of uplands that are adjacent to, and serve as a buffer for, a critical wetland property that includes the Sitka alder/skunk cabbage-water parsley community. The wetland property was purchased with a previous grant.