Woodard Bay NRCA 04

Category Overview

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.

Project Highlights

Acquisition of additional acreage, including shoreline, will enhance the Woodard Bay NRCA and the viability of the Urban Wildlife Habitat habitat in a rapidly developing residential area. Land acquisition will ensure that the site continues to provide important habitat for wildlife, including nesting Bald Eagles, a significant heron rookery and the largest harbor seal nursery in south Puget Sound. With habitat ranging from shoreline to wetlands to mature second growth forest, homes for shorebirds and songbirds, river otters and a maternity colony of bats will continue to be protected at Woodard Bay NRCA. Located within minutes of downtown Olympia and the City of Lacey, the NRCA offers many opportunities for environmental education, including interpretive signs and nature trails with views of tideland, old growth cedar and a myriad of wildlife. A small portion of project funds will be used for a shoreline restoration project, featuring invasive plant removal, native plant restoration, and removal of a septic system, utilities, and related abandoned structures.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $1,540,266.03 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition & Development County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 04-1331

Location Details

Located approximately 5 miles north from downtown Olympia or the City of Lacey, off of Sleater Kinney Road. On Henderson Inlet, Woodard and Chapman Bays. At the northern terminus of the Chehalis Western Trail (a regional multi-use trail).

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.