Mount Si NRCA 2018

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

The Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to buy 569 acres, including the top of South Bessemer Mountain, to expand the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area in east King County. The land is considered the largest and highest quality private land remaining in the conservation area. The department wants to conserve the land to protect significant urban wildlife habitat, natural resources, and wildlife habitat connections, and to provide low-impact public use. The property is highly threatened by mining and residential development. It is key land in the Mountains to Sound Greenway, which is a 100-mile landscape of forests, wildlife habitat, and open spaces along Interstate 90. Distinctive features of the land include talus, lakes, streams, wetlands, old-growth and mature forests, cliffs, and landscape connections for wildlife. The conservation area is used by amphibians, fish, cougars, bobcats, mountain goats, black bears, coyotes, and elk. Red-tailed hawks, osprey, barred owls, pygmy owls, and pileated woodpeckers also have been observed in the area.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $ 4,768,585.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 5 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1524

Location Details

From Olympia, drive north on I-5. Take exit 142A onto WA-18E toward Auburn. Merge onto I-90 E to Spokane. Take exit 31 and drive into downtown North Bend on Bendigo Blvd S. Turn Right on Tanner Road SE, then Left on 432nd Ave. SE. Cross Middle Fork Snoqualmie River bridge to SE Mount Si Road.

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.