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.
The Department of Natural Resources used this grant to acquire 9.45 acres of privately owned land in the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area. The grant was also used to perform demolition and survey activities on two previously acquired properties within Stavis NRCA. Collectively, these activities will greatly enhance the long-term viability and quality of wildlife habitat in the area, including high quality freshwater wetlands and streams as well as three rare forest communities including one of the best remaining examples of Douglas fir-western huckleberry forest left in Washington State. This site is located near Bremerton’s Urban Growth Area in Kitsap County.