In 1995, Quadrant and Taiyo American corporations donated the iconic 116 acre preserve to the Forterra (then Cascade Land Conservancy). The process began when neighbors recognized these as some of the highest quality wetlands in the region and wanted to protect them from a rapidly changing landscape. King County later purchased a conservation easement, ensuring permanent protection of the wetlands.
Today the land continues to be owned and stewarded by Forterra. It is open to the public offering trails which lace though Hazel Wolf Wetland’s rich vegetation, diverse species and even a beaver dam. After fishing at Beaver Lake, it is not uncommon to see osprey and bald eagles rooting in large trees. On the water, you may see hooded mergansers, pied-billed grebes and wood ducks and in the forest, you may see pileated woodpeckers drum for insects, cedar waxwings forage, hummingbirds search for nectar and robins’ nest.