Guided Beach Walks at Fort Townsend State Park
Over 30 people attended the MRC-sponsored beach walks at Fort Townsend State Park on June 4-5 as part of a kick-off for a shoreline restoration project. More than 70 people stopped by the information tables to learn about the upcoming restoration and look at the scale models by Jefferson Community School students. WSU Extension Beach Naturalists led the walks. Project construction will start mid-July 2016, managed by the Northwest Straits Foundation and funded through the Puget Sound Marine and Nearshore Grant program with support from the EPA.
NOTICES & UPCOMING EVENTS
Help the MRC Build More Rain Gardens
Join the Jefferson MRC and WSU Extension as they install 2 more rain gardens in uptown Port Townsend next week!
MRC meeting - Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Max Gordon from WA Dept of Ecology spoke about updates to Ecology's Geographic Response Plans, which are part of their effort to more effectively prepare in the event of an oil spill. Read more about these documents here. See meeting page for agenda.
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.
Partnering with North Olympic Salmon Coalition to restore of 1,800 feet of marine shoreline and creation of a pocket estuary.
Diggin' for Dinner 2016
On May 7th, over 50 people gathered at Oak Bay to learn about safe & sustainable clam harvesting. Did you miss it? Try these links:
Shellfish Harvesting Video
Shellfish Safety Toll-free Hotline - (800) 562-5632
Olympia Oyster Update
On May 24th, MRC volunteers and partners established five new Olympia oyster test plots in Quilcene Bay to explore the feasibility of re-building an Olympia oyster population there.