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.
This 317-acre acquisition protects extensive wetlands, shoreline, and uplands habitat. It helps unify over 7,000 acres of publicly owned habitat lands and completes public acquisition of the entire shoreline around 2,800-acre Vancouver Lake, just west of the City of Vancouver. The area supports the second largest wintering population of migratory waterfowl on the Pacific Northwest coast.