Environment
8:25 am
Tue January 3, 2012

82-acres in Pierce County to be wildlife preserve

TACOMA, Wash. — An 82-acre peninsula in Pierce County has been purchased for protection as a wildlife preserve.

The Jacob's point property on the south side of Anderson Island on Oro Bay had once been targeted for a Christian youth camp. The News Tribune (http://is.gd/ohrsIz) reports it now it will be protected as a wildlife habitat with limited public recreation.

The Anderson Island Park and Recreation District plans to develop a trail, a stop for kayaks and canoes, interpretive signs and viewpoints on the property.

The property includes one mile of unaltered shoreline along Oro Bay, mature forested uplands and wetlands, and views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. It provides habitat for endangered Chinook, chum and pink salmon.