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 will use this grant to purchase 214.26 acres within the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area. This project will protect forests along the main stem 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. This project is located near the cities of Silverdale and Bremerton in Kitsap County.