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 purchase 134.45 acres within the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA). This project protects forests along the main stems of Stavis and Harding Creeks, which provide spawning and rearing habitat for fall Chum and Coho salmon, as well as a pocket estuary on the Hood Canal, and upland forest near Stavis Bay. The project areas are located near the cities of Silverdale and Bremerton in Kitsap County. Aberle/McCue (Priority B): No response from landowner. Clark (Priorty C): Landowner not interested at this time. Harding Creek (Part of Priority A): Not all landowners interested in selling at this time. Properties successfully acquired: Beckum, Bratcher, Dostal, Killoran, Marker(D), Marker(J&T), McCook, Simonyi, & Triplett.