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 State Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to purchase privately owned properties for inclusion in the West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Areas (NRCA) to build on the ecological value of property previously acquired and protected in the area. The properties will be managed to protect significant Urban Wildlife Habitat habitat, provide opportunities for low-impact public use and outdoor environmental education, provide vital open space, landscape and wildlife habitat connections, and scenic vistas. The West Tiger Mountain NRCA is located in King County and is among the most popular destinations along the I-90/Mountains to Sound Greenway corridor.