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.
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.