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 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.