Mt Si, Middle Fork, and West Tiger Mtn NRCAs UW 20

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 proposes to purchase approximately 482 acres in the Mount Si, Middle Fork Snoqualmie, and West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCA) in east King County (38 acres at Mount Si, 330 acres at Middle Fork Snoqualmie, 114 acres at West Tiger Mountain NRCA). High priority properties identified for acquisition in this project are key parcels in the Mountains to Sound Greenway (the Greenway) are highly threatened by residential development and provide crucial 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. Distinctive features include talus,  high elevation lakes, numerous streams, wetlands, old-growth and mature forests, cliffs, and landscape connections for wildlife. Large mammals known to use the NRCAs include cougar, bobcats, mountain goat, black bear, coyote and elk. Red-tailed hawks, osprey, barred owls, pygmy owls, and pileated woodpeckers have been observed. The goal for this project is for the Department of Natural Resources to purchase and manage high priority properties to protect significant urban wildlife habitat, provide opportunities for low-impact public use and outdoor environmental education, and provide vital open space, landscape and wildlife habitat connections, and scenic vistas.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife WWRP Grant: $5,474,856.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 05, 12 Status: Active RCO Project # 22-1378

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.