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 complete the acquisition of wetland parcels that are a critical part of the headwaters of Puget Creek, which drains into the Duwamish River near Kellogg Island. This wetland supports a Riparian Protection forest that serves to maintain low-water (summer) flow in the creek, providing excellent habitat for many species of wildlife, birds, and amphibians along the course of the creek as it flows through public lands in Puget Park and the West Duwamish Greenbelt. The purchase will fill the last gap in the public ownership of the wetland, increasing the total held by Seattle Parks to 6.83 acres and over 1100 lineal feet of creek frontage. This project is to acquire the remaining parcel a 0.49-acre wetland property.