Quimper Wildlife Corridor Additions

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

Jefferson Land Trust is applying for acquisition funds for the Quimper Wildlife Corridor (QWC), located in Port Townsend, Jefferson County. The City, County, the Land Trust and the community have worked since the mid 1990s to protect a 3.5 mile greenbelt of native forest and a series of palustrine wetlands stretching across the N. Quimper Peninsula, following the City’s largest drainage basin. Historic platting from the 1880s divided most of this land into 50×100 ft lots. To date, the partners have permanently preserved over 245 acres that provide habitat for over 130 bird species, including WDFW priority species Pileated woodpecker, bald and golden eagles, amphibians, mountain beaver, bobcat, cougar, deer, elk and other wildlife. A beloved and extensive network of trails and undeveloped City right-of ways through the QWC provide access to community members and visitors for hiking, horse riding, biking, connecting neighborhoods, bird watching, school nature programs and educational activities. Recent outreach to remaining priority private owners resulted in over 40 positive responses for sale of missing links within the QWC. Funding for this effort will allow us to acquire and permanently preserve many of these important habitat connecting and trail buffer parcels. Working with our City partners, it will also support an update of our shared management plan and an inventory of rare old growth trees scattered within the forest that hint of remnant prairie habitat.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Jefferson Land Trust Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $ 610,400.00 Applicant Match: $ 610,401.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1283

Location Details

Properties are spread throughout the worksite/geographic envelope, and many of them only accessible through trails. A good access point is to head west out of Port Townsend on Hastings Avenue, turn right onto Cook Ave, and park at a gate across from Elmira St. Proceed on the trails heading east to navigate around the properties. Additional properties are accessible from N. Jacob Miller Road (on the east side).

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.