Here are events such as opening ceremonies, dedications, and ribbon cuttings for facilities funded through the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board and the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Derelict Net Removal Celebration
The Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation and special guests invite you to celebrate the culmination of removal of nearly 6,000 derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound, and to honor the vision of leaders who created the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative. The work has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of marine animals, restored 790 acres of marine habitat formerly covered by dangerous derelict fishing nets, and forged partnerships between conservation, industry, and fisheries managers to ensure that newly lost nets do not become derelict.
Date: August 13, 2015 11 a.m..
Location: Garrison Hall at the Camp Casey Conference Center, 1276 South Engle Road, Coupeville, on Whidbey Island
RSVP: Heidi Lehman, 360-733-1725, by August 7
Grant Description: The Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation has received six grants from the salmon recovery program and the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration fund, totaling more than $571,000, to remove abandoned fishing nets from Puget Sound floor. For details and pictures, check out the projects at 11-1567, 11-1296, 10-1752, 07-1845, 07-1594, and 03-1178.
Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve Grand Opening
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is hosting the grand opening celebration of the Admiralty Inlet Natural Area Preserve, which is designated as one of Washington's 55 most significant natural areas. The ceremony starts with a welcome reception before entering the preserve for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and brief presentations by federal, state, and local dignitaries. The presentations will be followed by guided tours of the prairie and a walk through the old-growth forest.
Date: August 12, 2015, 1:30-3 p.m.
Location: Garrison Hall at the Camp Casey Conference Center, 1276 South Engle Road, Coupeville, on Whidbey Island
Grant Description: The Washington Department of Natural Resources has received three grants from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, totaling more than $1 million to buy land to expand the preserve and to restore the area. The preserve has more than 1 mile of scenic shoreline; a 36-acre, imperiled old-growth forest that combines Douglas fir, western hemlock, oceanspray and swordfern, and is one of only six in Washington; two rare prairies - one that is 1 of 12 known sites in the world for the plant castilleja levisecta (CALE) and one that is 1 of 11 sites in the world growing golden paintbrush, a globally imperiled species; and numerous wildlife species dependent on these habitats. Restoration work included controlling invasive species, planting up to 60,000 plugs of native prairie species, and moving a trail to protect the restoration area. For details and pictures, check out the projects at 12-1561, 10-1641, and 06-1908.
Wilkeson Skatepark Grand OpeningDate: July 12 2015
Location: At the skatepark, at the intersection of State Route 165 and 163rd ST. E., Wilkeson
Grant Description: The Town of Wilkeson used a $55,400 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to build a 2,500-square-foot skatepark geared for beginner to intermediate skateboarders and skaters. The Town also added benches, signs, fencing, and landscaping. For details and pictures, check out the project at 12-1401.
Fir Island Groundbreaking
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a groundbreaking celebration to mark the start of a 2-year construction project in the Skagit River Delta that will help salmon recovery, conserve farmland, and improve access to a popular bird-watching destination.
Date: June 30, 2015, 1 p.m. ceremony, walking tour at 2 p.m.
Location: Fir Island Farms Reserve unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area. The reserve is on the south end of Fir Island, about 3 miles southwest of Conway.
Grant Description: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will use a $13.6 million grant from the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration fund to set back a mile-long coastal dike to restore the natural tidal flow of Skagit Bay to 131 acres of the 250-acre Fir Island Farm. The project is expected to restore about 125.5 acres of tidal marsh habitat and create 5 acres of new tidal channel habitat on site and an additional 12 acres of new tidal channel habitat in the existing adjacent marsh. The project is expected to increase the ability of the area to handle an estimated 65,000 juvenile Chinook annually. The Department of Fish and Wildlife will contribute $267,721 from a federal grant.
West Beach Creek Restoration Celebration
The Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation celebrated the completion of a restoration project on West Beach Creek, just above where it empties into President Channel.
Date: June 18, 2015
Location: Orcas Island
Grant Description: The Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Foundation used two grants from the salmon recovery program and the Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration fund, totaling nearly $547,000, to plan and remove a fish passage barrier at the mouth of West Beach Creek on Orcas Island, in San Juan County. The work was down on land owned by the Trudy Erwin family. The foundation drained an impounded pond, removed a driveway, and installed a culvert to allow fish access to more than 1 mile of habitat. The foundation also replanted the creek banks. The creek is used by Chinook salmon, which are listed as threatened with the risk of extinction under the federal Endangered Species Act, as well as by pink, coho, and chum salmon, and cutthroat trout. For details and pictures, check out the projects at 13-1426 and 12-1598.
Stemilt Watershed Accomplishments
A ceremony to acknowledge the efforts of the partnership members, funders, key supporters, and elected officials for their help in preserving the land. The event started with short presentation of the history of the Stemilt Partnership and an overview of the area, followed by a tour of the Stemilt and Squilchuck basins, and a short ceremony and lunch.
Date: June 10, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Malaga Fire Hall, Malaga
Grant Description: Chelan County, in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, is using a $1.2 million grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program to protect more than 4,000 acres of forest and other diverse habitats on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains, including critical habitat for ponderosa pine dependent species. The Stemilt basin is popular for hiking, bird watching, fishing, hunting, camping, and snowmobiling. This project is part of a larger effort in the Stemilt and Squilchuck watersheds undertaken by the Stemilt Partnership, which is a coalition of some 20 groups that banded together when the land was under threat to be sold for a high-end resort. For details and pictures, check out the project at 13-1426.
Wenatchee Foothills Castle Rock Grand Opening
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is celebrating a new trailhead, picnic shelter, and trails at Lower Castle Rock, part of the Wenatchee Foothills campaign. There will be socializing, refreshments, remarks by Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz and Bob Bugert of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, followed by a variety of nature walks including geology, sustainable trails, and a family hike.
Date: May 13, 2015, 4:30-6 p.m.
Location: Lower Castle Rock Natural Area trailhead, Wentachee
More information: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, 509-667-9708
Grant Description: The City of Wenatchee used a $285,157 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to buy nearly 37 acres for open space and for a trail linking homes to the Wenatchee Foothills. Immediately west of the property is 397 acres, which were purchased several years ago by residents to preserve the land for wildlife and public access. The landowners have agreed to donate a trail easement through the property if the City can buy the nearby 37 acres. The property features spectacular views of the Wenatchee Valley and Columbia River and wildflowers are abundant in the spring. The site has been used by hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers, but the owner is interested in developing the property. The City contributed $299,116 in donations of cash.
Celebrate Woodard Bay Open House
The Washington Department of Natural Resources invites you to see the new environmental education facilities and hear about recent restoration work.
Date: Earth Day, April 22, 2015, at 12:30-4 p.m., Ceremony at 1 p.m.
Location: Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, Olympia
Grant Description: The Department of Natural Resources used two grants totaling more than $1.2 million to add an environmental learning shelter, upgrade a parking lot and non-motorized boat launch, buy 31 acres to expand the conservation area, provide safe access to the beach, and restore Woodard Bay and Chapman Bay estuaries in the Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area.
Located in Thurston County, the 865-acre conservation area encompasses forests, estuaries, and tidelands in Puget Sound. It is at the end of the 22-mile Chehalis-Western Trail, a multi-use trail that links Olympia to Yelm. The conservation area’s three hiking trails provide panoramic views of Woodard Bay, Chapman Bay, and Henderson Inlet as well as views of priority wildlife populations like harbor seals, yuma myotis and little brown bats, a significant heron rookery, and the largest harbor seal nursery in south Puget Sound. The conservation area also offers primitive beach access and the only seasonal, non-motorized public boat access to Henderson Inlet. The grants were from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
Celebrate Duthie Hill Park’s Newest FeatureJoin King County Parks, the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, RCO, and more friends of Duthie to celebrate the grand opening of the new 74-space parking that serves as the main access point for the mountain bike park.Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Duthie Hill Park, 26150 Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Rd, Issaquah. Parking lot is at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road.
Grant Description: The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks used a $317,477 Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant to develop a trailhead in Duthie Hill Park, the region’s first mountain bike skills park. Crews built a 74-vehicle parking lot and staging area and installed signs and park furniture. Before the grant, the 120-acre park had parking for only 15 cars forcing many visitors to park nearby and bike to the park on busy roadways with narrow shoulders and limited visibility. This project is part of a larger effort by King County and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to improve the park. The County contributed $317,477. See more details about this project.
Harper Pier Grand Re-Opening Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015, at 10 a.m.Location: Harper Pier, Yukon Bay – at the most easterly intersections of Southeast Southworth Drive and Southeast Cornell Road in Kitsap County Grant Description: The Port of Bremerton used a $500,000 grant from Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account to reconstruct the Harper Fishing Pier. The existing pier was constructed in the late 1800s and renovated in 1919 to support the Mosquito Fleet ferries until the 1960s. The pier has been closed since 2012 for reconstruction. The new pier was built with ecologically sound building materials and safety in mind. With such a long and historically significant record, today, this is a popular location for catching fish, crab, and squid; scuba diving; swimming; sightseeing; and hand-powered watercraft activities. See more details about this project.