Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area 2020

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 acquire about 168 acres for inclusion in the Rattlesnake Mountain Scenic Area located in east King County. This project consists of a single private ownership which provides crucial wildlife habitat in an urban area and is highly threatened by residential development. This property is part of the Mountains to Sound Greenway which is a 100-mile landscape of forests, wildlife habitat and open spaces along Interstate 90. Distinctive site features include mature Douglas fir forests, pockets of old growth forests, snag-rich wildlife habitats, numerous riparian systems, cliffs, steep slopes and wildlife corridors. The high quality of this site is due to the habitat diversity, remote character and wildlife connections it provides in the surrounding landscape and region. The area is used by a variety of wildlife including northern spotted owls, Pileated woodpecker, Peregrine falcon, black bear, Roosevelt elk, bobcat, cougar, fox, coyote, osprey, blacktail deer and a variety of other mammals, birds, insects and amphibians. This project would secure current and future low-impact public use opportunities in a popular recreation corridor and will protect significant Urban Wildlife Habitat habitat, landscape and wildlife habitat connections.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $1,338,671.00 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: King Legislative District: 5 Status: Active RCO Project # 20-1424

Location Details

Snoqualmie Point: From I-90 eastbound, take Exit 27. Turn right (south) on Winery Rd and travel approximately 0.5 miles. Trailhead area is located to the south of the road. From I-90 westbound, take Exit 31. Turn right onto North Bend Blvd. S. Turn left on W. North Bend Way. Travel approximately 3 miles. Pass under freeway on Winery Rd and travel approximately 0.5 miles. Trailhead area is located to the right (south).

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.