Restoration Work Begins at Fort Townsend
Construction has finally begun to restore nearshore habitat at Fort Townsend State Park!
Over 70% of the shoreline landing area and associated hard armoring that buried the natural beach since the 1850’s will be removed to restore natural feeder bluff processes and beach habitat for shorebirds, forage fish and other marine animals. An estimated 1,700 cu yds of large rock and soil will be moved out by barge, and the remaining small landing will be reshaped. An easier beach access for park visitors will also be added. Construction should be finished by mid-August.
The Northwest Straits Foundation is managing the project, partnering with WA State Parks and the Jefferson MRC. Pacific Pile & Marine is the construction contractor and Herrera Environmental Consultants did the design. The MRC will be installing interpretive signs once construction is completed.
This restoration project is funded by the Puget Sound Marine & Nearshore Grant program, which is a partnership program of the Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources and the Washington Estuary Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP), using funds from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect and restore habitat and ecosystem functions.
See the NW Straits Foundation's Project Summary page for details.
For more info about the project, listen to the podcast from KPTZ's Nature Now program (#270) or read the PDN article.
NOTICES & UPCOMING EVENTS
Next MRC meeting is September 6, 2016
See Meetings page for details.
WSU Watershed Stewards Class starts Sept 22nd
Community volunteers assist the MRC with its work, especially citizen science monitoring of Olympia oysters and forage fish spawning surveys. Many of these volunteers hear about us through the WSU Extension's Beach Naturalist and Watershed Stewards courses. These courses (with great field trips each week) offer a great introduction to marine and fresh-water ecosystems. The next 6-week session about streams, salmon, forest health and watersheds starts in September. Contact Bridget Gregg at WSU Extension for more info about this class.
Restoring natural beach functions to improve habitat for marine species.
Preventing damage to important eelgrass beds in Port Townsend Bay and other shorelines.
Surveying, monitoring and enhancing native habitat for native oysters to understand factors that limit recovery of native populations.
Working to achieve long-term stewardship for Jefferson County marine resources by building community through citizen involvement.
Olympia Oysters Thriving!
In early August, MRC volunteers and partners completed their annual monitoring of our 2014 Olympia oyster habitat enhancement project in Discovery Bay. Everyone was thrilled to see how well some of the Olympias have established on the clean shell we put out just 2 years ago.