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.
Larkspur Meadows contains the world’s largest population of both an endangered plant (Wenatchee larkspur) and a threatened plant (Oregon checkermallow). Purchase of 580 acres continued protection for the rare plant species and scenic meadow land.