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 Department of Natural Resources will use this grant to acquire approximately 74 acres within the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area. The properties include over 28 acres of Riparian Protection and wetland habitats and occur along the shoreline of Henderson Inlet, portions of Woodard Creek and other small tributaries. The project is located north of the city of Lacey in Thurston County. The primary use of the site is passive recreation.