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.
This project will acquire approximately 381 acres within the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area, in east King County. The site is located within the Mountains to Sound Greenway and provides crucial wildlife habitat in an urban area. The Greenway is a 100-mile landscape of forests, wildlife habitat and open spaces along Interstate 90, a National Scenic Byway. The Department of Natural Resources intends to manage this high priority property to protect significant Urban Wildlife Habitat habitat, natural resources, landscape and wildlife habitat connections, and to provide low-impact public use.