State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will use this grant to purchase 140 acres of a 164 acre inholding that is completely surrounded by Moran State Park. This property has been a priority acquisition for over 85 years and recently became available. By acquiring this property State Parks will nearly eliminate this inholding and be able to provide biking and hiking trails throughout the property, protect the view shed for visitor enjoyment, and protect the large wetlands, streams, grasslands, and imperiled plant communities from development. The primary recreation opportunity provided by this project is non-motorized trail use including hiking and biking.