The Department of Fish and Wildlife used a grant to buy 282 acres between the Kalama River and Merrill Lake.
The land has many unique features including lava beds with tree casts, springs feeding the Kalama River, old-growth cedar and fir trees, waterfalls, and high-quality native plant communities.
The land connects to a national forest to the north and a Department of Natural Resources’ Natural Resources Conservation Area to the south.
Conserving this habitat will help many different animals including steelhead, coho and Chinook salmon, elk, martins, western toads, spotted owls, and osprey.
The land is threatened by development into a subdivision for recreational lots or resort-type development and commercial logging.
This is the last phase of a larger effort to conserve 1,431 acres, also funded by RCO grants.
See project details.