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.
We were successful in purchasing longstanding privately owned parcels which will be key for the sites’s functionality. On 11/20/18 we purchased the Hailstone parcel, and on 2/28/19 we purchased the East Sunsets parcel. Given the significance of the East Sunsets parcel we partnered with the City of Issaquah to make this transaction come to fruition. Additionally we appraised but couldn’t agree on a price on the Hill and Weyerhaueser properties. We re-approached Hill with a partnership with King Co., this appraisal came back higher, but the owner was still not willing to sell.