Woodard Bay NRCA 2006

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

The Department of Natural Resources used this grant to expand the Woodard Bay Natural Resource Conservation Area, north of Olympia. The additional 90.7 acres, including shoreline,enhanced the conservation area and the viability of the Urban Wildlife Habitat habitat in a rapidly developing residential area. Land acquisition added to the overall goal of providing simportant 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.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Natural Resources Dept of Category: Urban Wildlife Habitat WWRP Grant: $2,039,669.21 Applicant Match: $0.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Thurston Legislative District: 22 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1836

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.