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 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use this grant to acquire approximately 160 acres in Thurston County. This project will protect one of the last native outwash prairies remaining in Washington. Recreational opportunities provided by this project include walking, hiking, wildlife watching, and hunting. This primary purpose of the grant is habitat conservation and open space.