Critical Habitat projects are our state’s primary tool for conserving important fish and wildlife habitat. These projects protect the rich and diverse habitats in our forests, prairies, and wetlands. These funds help maintain our state’s biodiversity and protect species that are popular for hunting, birding, and other outdoor recreation, and are critical for the health of our salmon and fish populations.
Mount Si is an extremely popular conservation area due to its close proximity (25 minutes) to the Seattle urban area. Primary features include critical wildlife habitat, scenic views and hiking trails. It provides important travel corridors and habitat for a diversity of wildlife including: mountain goats, bears, coyotes, cougar, bobcat, deer, elk, and a variety of birds and small mammals. It is a prominent scenic landscape along the I-90 corridor and an important part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway. The remaining private properties are threatened with conversion to incompatible and ecologically irreversible uses such as mining, residential, and commercial lodges.