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 includes the acquisition of a conservation easement on 116.08 acres of wetlands and protective uplands known as the Hazel Wolf Wetlands (formerly known as Beaver Lake Wetlands) for the purpose of habitat conservation. The project also includes the fee simple acquisition of 578 acres of Soaring Eagle Park (formerly known as Section 36 Regional Park). Future passive development is limited to light impact recreation activities such as pedestrian/equestrian trails, interpretive signage, picnic areas, and park access road and parking so as not to impair the habitat conservation qualities of the site.