The Scatter Creek Wildlife Area includes a colony of the increasingly endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly. Located in southern Thurston County, the restoration of this prairieland is getting a boost from the U.S. Army.
What is the Army’s role in enhancing habitat for wildlife?
The Northwest Guardian, the official newspaper for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, reports recently on the unique partnership between the Army and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Wolf Haven International and DNR to protect endangered species that require pristine prairie land. The Joint Base includes about two-thirds of the prairie still left in its natural state in the south Puget Lowlands.
The Army Compatible Use Buffer Program (ACUB) creates land conservation partnerships to protect land from development that would be incompatible with the military’s mission. Partners in the ACUB at Ft. Lewis have been acquiring privately owned parcels of native prairie around the Joint Base, including at Scatter Creek, to aid the recovery of various species and prevent federal training restrictions on the prairieland at Fort Lewis.
DNR manages the state’s natural heritage program which tracks priority species including the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly.