Maloney Creek Old Growth Acquisition

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

Forterra will use this grant to buy and conserve about 300 acres of privately owned forestland, including about 50 acres of old growth and more than 1 mile of streambank habitat on Maloney Creek. This land supports a regional population of endangered species, including northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and bull trout. This project will prevent habitat damage from logging and road building in the next 3 years. This conservation effort also will prevent loss of wildlife habitat and watershed quality, forest fragmentation, and will help anticipate the effects of climate change. Forterra will contribute more than $1.5 million in a federal grant and donations of cash.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Forterra Category: Natural Areas WWRP Grant: $ 1,343,375.00 Applicant Match: $ 1,551,500.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 39 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1423

Location Details

From Everett, follow Highway 2 east to Skykomish. Turn right onto 5th St N, into the Town of Skykomish. Turn left onto E Old Cascade Highway. Turn right onto Thelma St. Park at the end of Thelma St next to the Maloney Creek Interpretive Trail trailhead. Follow the Maloney Creek Interpretive Trail to the end, then continue hiking off-trail following Maloney Creek to the property boundary.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.