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 project involved the purchase of 840 acres in the Larkspur Meadow NAP complex near Wenatchee. This site features mosaic open meadows dominated by perennial herbs and rhizomatous grasses, hardwood shrub thickets, and aspen groves. Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine forest areas are included. Area is habitat for Washington’s largest known populations of the rare Wenatchee larkspur and Oregon checkermallow.