Stavis NRCA – Kitsap Forest NAP 2018

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 Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to buy 158 acres in the Stavis Natural Resources Conservation Area in Kitsap County to protect forests along Boyce Creek and the west forks of Harding and Seabeck Creeks. The creeks are used as spawning and rearing habitat by chum and coho salmon. The purchase will conserve rare forest communities in one of the most important corridors for biodiversity conservation in the Puget Sound area. The conservation area provides high quality and rare wildlife habitat, supports wildlife near urban areas, and protects Puget Sound near-shore, forests, and critical wetlands. The land also will allow for low-impact public use, providing stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and Hood Canal.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $ 1,831,729.00 Applicant Match: 0 Project Type: Acquisition County: Kitsap Legislative District: 35 Status: Proposed RCO Project # 18-1525

Location Details

Near Silverdale take Newberry Hill exit. Drive west on Newberry hill rd. Turn right on Seabeck Hwy and go through Seabeck. Turn right on Miami Beach rd. Left on Stavis Bay rd. The site can be accessed from several points in this area.

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.