Stavis NRCA / Kitsap Forest NAP 2008

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 Washington Department of Natural Resources used this grant to buy 11 individual properties for a total of 53.77 acres in the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area and Kitsap Forest Natural Area Preserve near Bremerton. Development threatened these properties, which are a crucial part of an area that contains the highest quality occurrence of a rare forest community type and a variety of high quality wildlife habitats. More than 98 percent of similar forests more than 100 years old in the Puget Trough ecoregion have been lost since European settlement. The project area is one part of a much larger area of managed forestlands on the western Kitsap Peninsula that form one of the most important landscapes for biodiversity conservation in the Puget Trough. Stavis Creek, which runs through the site, is one of the best remaining Hood Canal salmon spawning habitats and is a designated recovery area for Hood Canal summer chum, which are threatened with extinction. The site also hosts an active bald eagle nest, a small great blue heron rookery, breeding mountain quail, Chinook salmon, cougar, and black bear.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $1,298,223.32 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 35 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 08-1182

Location Details

From Olympia, drive north on Highway 3. Near Silverdale take Newberry Hill exit. Drive West on Newberry Hill Road. Turn right on Seabeck Highway and go thru the town of Seabeck. Turn right on Miami Beach Road. Left on Stavis Bay Road. The site can be accessed from several points in this area. It can also be accessed from the south off of Nelitta 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.