The Scatter Creek Wildlife Area is located in Thurston and Grays Harbor counties and is in comprised of approximately 5,020 acres. Most of the units are located on tributaries that flow into the Chehalis River and contain portions of unique South Sound prairies. The wildlife area is located in the Puget Sound Trough lowlands with the Cascade Mountain Range to the east, the Willapa Hills to the southwest, and the Black Hills to the northwest. It lies on a glacial outwash plain, rimmed by low-lying hills formed by the last continental ice sheet 12,000 years ago.
The units support many aquatic, forested, prairie, and wetland dependent wildlife species, some of which are federally threatened or endangered. Each unit provides vital habitat for many common species found throughout western Washington. In addition, units are managed either for recreation associated with fish and wildlife or for the protection of specific species and their habitats. The department acquired the wildlife area properties through support of state and federal funding sources, as well as by donation. By actively managing lands, restoring habitats, and preserving wild places, the department serves as stewards for Washington's natural places, protecting the state's land and water for its human and wildlife populations.
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