State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
State Parks will use this grant to buy 140 acres of a 164-acre property that is surrounded by Moran State Park, on Orcas Island in San Juan Island County. The land has been a priority acquisition for more than 85 years and in 2015 it became available. It is imperative for State Parks to act quickly. By buying the land, State Parks nearly will eliminate the donut hole that exists; provide biking and hiking trails throughout the property, protect the views, and protect the large wetlands, streams, grasslands, and imperiled plant associations from development. Moran State Park is a 5,579-acre park and sees more than 800,000 annual visitors.