Urban Wildlife Habitat projects fund close-to-home places to play and explore nature. As our urban areas are increasingly expanding and densifying, these grants protect important fish and wildlife habitat within five miles of densely populated areas, creating green refuges that help keep our ecosystems healthy and provide places to enjoy nature right in our backyards.
Seattle will use this grant to buy .92 acre next to existing city-owned land in the Longfellow Creek Greenspace, a protected area within the Longfellow Creek watershed. Seattle has tried to acquire this wooded and undeveloped property for more than 15 years to help complete a large block of open space that extends from Camp Long to Sylvan Way. The overall greenspace provides wildlife habitat and watershed protection for Longfellow Creek as well as a home for species of concern such as bald eagles and coho and chum salmon. The property is for sale, and neighbors have urged the city to purchase it.