As Washington continues to grow, many of our most beautiful areas are threatened with development. In addition, native ecosystems are receding, and important wildlife habitat and migratory pathways are being cut off. The Natural Areas category helps combat this by funding projects that protect wildlife habitat and rare geological features while also preserving public access for back-country recreation.
Woodard Bay NRCA provides important shoreline habitat for wildlife, including nesting bald eagles, the largest harbor seal nursery, and the largest heron colony in south Puget Sound. Within minutes of downtown Olympia, hiking and nature trails will provide opportunities to view tidelands, old-growth cedar, and wildlife.