Primary contact: Peregrine Edison-Lahm Organization: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
THE LOCATION SHOWN BELOW IF FROM THE PROJECT PROPOSAL, NOT THE FINAL PROJECT REPORT. FOR SPECIFICS, PLEASE CONTACT WASHINGTON STATE PARKS AND RECREATION. "Crockett Lake Coastal Wetlands Acquisition and Protection -- Washington State Parks and Recreation will acquire and permanently protect 355 acres at Crockett Lake. With the addition of this acreage, almost the entire Crockett Lake wetland system (approximately 700 acres) will be protected. Crockett Lake is a shallow, brackish lake and complex of salt and freshwater marshes, is an important habitat for resident and migratory birds, and provides estuarine rearing and foraging habitat for salmonids and other fish species." --from January 6, 2006 USFWS news release
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: North Coast Land Conservancy
This project protects and enhances coastal wetlands and other floodplain habitats at the upper end of the Necanicum River estuary system in Seaside. Acquisition of the Circle Creek Property protects one of the largest remaining coastal spruce swamps on the Oregon coast and sets the stage for restoration of a functioning natural floodplain system with high value for native fish and wildlife along the lower Necanicum River. It also connects the city of Seaside's emerging network of protected habitats along the lower Necanicum River and the Neawanna Creek estuary with more than 2,000 acres of Oregon State Parks ownership south of the city. This project was funded by a National Coastal Wetlands Grant, administered by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. This project has been entered by the USFWS, Region 1 for it's Conservation Registry portal. It has also been entered separately by the North Coast Land Conservancy, for the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts' portal, where it is called "Circle Creek". (See link, below right.) "The property includes 1.3 miles of Circle Creek and 1.7 miles of frontage on the Necanicum River, stream habitat that is important for juvenile salmon and steelhead rearing. The property also includes 160 acres of spruce swamp, a forested wetland type that has largely been eliminated from Oregon, about 60 acres of emergent wetlands and 70 acres of seasonally flooded pastures that provide important habitat for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds. Two herds of elk use the open fields almost daily during the spring and winter. Protection and restoration of these habitats would provide an ecological link between existing conservation lands on the Necanicum River and the upland forests of Ecola State Park. Contact: Neal Maine, North Coast Land Conservancy, 5107 Highway 101 N., Seaside, OR 97138, (503) 738-4021, firstname.lastname@example.org " ---quoted from the Oregon Habitat Joint Venture's website in 2012 at http://www.ohjv.org/projects/coast_range.html This project was supported by funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and US Fish and Wildlife's Coastal Wetlands grants program.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Nature Conservancy protected, through acquisition, approximately 100 acres of land in the North Bay Estuary. Further commercial activities in the area are prohibited. This provides for long term habitat protection, ensures continued food sources for migratory shorebirds and waterfowl, and provides important habitat. The project helps maintain populations of bull trout, coastal cutthroat trout and Chinook salmon. The locations shown on the map are approximate, and based upon the original proposal, not upon the final outcome. Please see The Nature Conservancy for more specific spatial information.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: US Fish and Wildlife Service
The locations shown on the map are approximate, and based upon the original proposal, not upon the final outcome. Please see The Nature Conservancy for more specific spatial information. The Nature Conservancy acquired high quality coastal wetlands within Bone River natural Area Preserve to protect natural estuarine functions to benefit fish and wildlife.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: Washington Department of Natural Resources
The Nature Conservancy, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and other partners acquired approximately 700 acres of estuarine wetland and forested upland habitat, 400 acres estuarine or wetland, and 300 acres bordering upland forest. These lands permanently protect a threatened and biologically diverse example of a coastal estuary and stream complex which provides essential habitat for several federal and state listed or proposed species. "Ellsworth Creek is a small coastal watershed comprised of coniferous forests, a freshwater stream system, and large estuary. The watershed is located within the Sitka spruce forest zone and contains several small patches of old-growth forest. These remnants are some of the largest remaining old growth forest stands left within the Willapa Bay region of southwest Washington and contain five distinct natural forest community types. The Conservancy acquired the Ellsworth Creek Preserve to conserve and restore a highly productive and biologically diverse coastal temperate forest ecosystem in an area of the Pacific Northwest Coast that has been managed almost exclusively for timber production. Our science is helping advance forest restoration throughout the Pacific Northwest coast." --from The Nature Conservancy's website at http://waconservation.org/ For more information on The Nature Conservancy's work at Ellsworth Creek, see the Related Projects section at the bottom right of this screen. The locations shown on the map are approximate, and based upon the original proposal, not upon the final outcome. Please see The Nature Conservancy for more specific spatial information.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife in partnership with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, Forterra (formerly called Cascade Land Conservancy), and Grays Harbor Audubon proposed to acquire 714 acres of high quality coastal surge plain and adjacent spruce forest within the Grays Harbor ecosystem, located on the Olympic Peninsula. This acquisition is part of an effort to protect 1,138 acres of privately held land that is under threat of development. The Hoquiam surge plain’s extensive network of tidally influenced channels, sloughs and wetlands provide critical rearing and foraging habitat for juvenile Chinook, Chum, Coho, salmon and steelhead. The locations shown on the map here are approximate, and based upon the original grant proposal, not upon the final results. Please contact the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust, Forterra (Cascade Land Conservancy), or the Grays Harbor Audubon if more information is needed.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: North Coast Land Conservancy
The North Coast Land Conservancy protected a significant portion of the remaining healthy estuarine ecosystem of the Neawama River. The Neawanna wetlands, located at the head of the Necanicum estuary, are relatively intact considering its location and the history of development in the area. This acquisition of 58.54 acres of habitat ensures the future protection of these invaluable resources for the people of Oregon. The project goals were accomplished through land acquisition, active habitat restoration, comprehensive management of coastal wetlands, and public education and outreach. This project was supported by funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and US Fish and Wildlife's Coastal Wetlands grants program. The location shown on the map is approximate, and is based on the locations specified in the original project proposal, not on the final outcome. Please contact North Coast Land Conservancy for more specific spatial information.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: The Wetlands Conservancy (TWC)
This project permanently protects 91acres of tidally influenced freshwater marsh habitat and 12 acres of uplands within the Beaver Creek wetland priority acquisition area on Oregon’s central coast. The acquisitions are key linkages within a larger project area that extends from the Beaver Creek confluence with the Pacific Ocean at Ona Beach State Park to 4.5 miles upstream at the furthest extent of tidal influence. Acquisition of these four key properties offers a unique opportunity to add 0.6 miles of Beaver Creek and 91 acres of estuarine marsh and 12 acres of upland forest to adjacent properties owned by The Wetlands Conservancy (TWC) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). These acquisitions form contiguous protection of 2.2 miles of Beaver Creek and 283 acres of riverine and tidal estuarine freshwater marsh and 234 acres of early- to late-successional upland forest. This project was supported by funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and US Fish and Wildlife's Coastal Wetlands grants program. The location shown on the map is approximate, and is based on the locations specified in the original project proposal, not on the final outcome. Please contact The Wetlands Conservancy for more specific spatial information.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: The Wetlands Conservancy
Yaquina Bay has lost approximately 70 percent of its historic estuarine marshes. The Bay is now a USFWS and EPA wetland priority acquisition area. The Wetlands Conservancy acquired and protected many acres within this important estuary. The acquisition sites were the highest priority sites identified through a state and local watershed council cooperative assessment. This project also builds on estuarine protection and restoration work being undertaken in that estuary by small private landowners, timber companies and the watershed council. This project was supported by funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and US Fish and Wildlife's Coastal Wetlands grants program. The location shown on the map is approximate, and is based on the locations specified in the original project proposal, not on the final outcome. Please contact The Wetlands Conservancy for more specific spatial information.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: Washington Division of Land and Minerals
The Nature Conservancy acquired acreage within North Bay Natural Area Preserve to protect naturally functioning estuary for benefits to fish and wildlife species. This project was funded by the US Fish and Wildlife's Coastal Wetlands grant program, with the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The locations shown on the map are approximate, and based upon the original proposal, not upon the final outcome. Please see The Nature Conservancy for more specific spatial information.
Primary contact: Ginger Phalen Organization: The Wetlands Conservancy
This project permanently protects approximately 235 acres of high priority estuarine marsh habitat in Alsea Bay, wetland priority acquisition area, on Oregon's central coast. The locations, known as Bayview Oxbow Preserve and Starr Creek Preserve, were identified through a state and local watershed council cooperative assessment. This project also builds on estuarine protection and restoration work being undertaken in that estuary by conservation non-profits, small private landowners, timber companies, and the watershed council. This project has also been entered into the Conservation Registry by The Wetlands Conservancy as two projects, named "Bayview Oxbow Preserve" and "Starr Creek Preserve". "The Alsea basin once rated first in Oregon in importance for coho spawning. The Alsea watershed is now being managed for wild coho salmon following closure of the Fall Creek hatchery. The wild coho population has rebounded since hatchery closure and improved ocean conditions. The primary limiting factor for coho in the Alsea is low gradient winter habitat. Protection of these marsh habitats will help sustain the coho produced in the Alsea system. Alsea estuary has unusually large areas of high marsh in excellent condition... The Wetlands Conservancy has acquired 241 acres of marsh and forest habitat in Alsea Bay to protect and restore vital habitats for salmonids, waterfowl, shorebirds and avian species.... The acquisitions conserve 75 percent of the Bayview oxbow, as well as tidal marshlands and forested uplands adjacent to Starr Creek and near the Drift Creek wilderness area. ....The Wetlands Conservancy is working with its new neighbors in the Bayview oxbow to understand the hydrology of the area and to explore the feasibility of reconnecting the historic oxbow back to Alsea Bay. ...Bayview Oxbow is an extensive area of former tidal wetland. In the earliest photos examined (1939), this site was already ditched, diked and actively used for agriculture. Tidegates are present at both the east and west sides of the oxbow, where Bayview Road crosses the site. These tidegates are malfunctioning at the present time, allowing limited tidal exchange, particularly at the east end. Tidegate function has also been impaired by large amounts of storm wrack deposited along Bayview Road during recent winter storms. Many interconnecting ditches have been excavated over the past several decades in an attempt to drain the site, but despite this effort, much of the site is freshwater wetland, dominated by soft rush, reed canarygrass, and slough sedge." --quoted from The Wetland Conservancy's website in 2012: http://oregonwetlands.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16&Itemid=17 This project was supported by funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and US Fish and Wildlife's Coastal Wetlands grants program.
Primary contact: Gnger Phalen Organization: Lower Nehalem Community Trust
This project contributes to the long-term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems and the fish and wildlife populations that depend on these habitats. The project involved the permanent protection of approximately 12.5 acres of palustrine forested and estuarine intertidal wetlands and 3.5 acres of adjacent uplands. The effort was accomplished by a partnership among the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the State of Oregon, the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, and other supporters. This project was supported by funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and US Fish and Wildlife's Coastal Wetlands grants program. The location shown on the map is approximate, and is based on the locations specified in the original project proposal, not on the final outcome. Please contact Lower Nehalem Community Trust for more specific spatial information.
Primary contact: Scott Fisher Organization: Hawaiian Islands Land Trust
To create Nu'u Makai Wetland Reserve. Purchase of land from Kaupo Ranch. "Acquisition of the 78-acre Nu'u Makai Wetland Reserve ("Nu'u Reserve'') will preserve and facilitate the restoration of Maui's best remaining southeast coastal wetland. This project will integrate waterbird habitat efforts on the island, support and become an integral part of a very extensive landscape-scale network of protected areas that include Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary, Kealia National Wildlife Refuge, and Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, as well as being an integral facet of the extensive Laward Haleakah Watershed Restoration Partnership (LHWRP) and Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu (HAIEK). The Nu'u Reserve will provide habitat necessary for recovery of throe listed, endangered waterbirds, as well as potential re-introduction sites for Hawaiian moorhen, Hawaiian goose or nene, and Laysan teal." --quoted from US Fish and Wildlife Service "Acquisition of the 82 acre Nu`u Makai Wetland Reserve will preserve and facilitate the restoration of Maui’s best remaining southeast coastal wetland. This project will integrate waterbird habitat efforts on the island, support and become an integral part of a very extensive landscape scale network of protected areas that include Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary, Kealia National Wildlife Refuge (http://pacificislands.fws.gov/wnwr/mkealianwr.html), and Waihe`e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge wetlands, as well as being an integral facet of the extensive Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership (LHWRP), Haleakala National Park at Kipahulu (HALEK), if acquired. The Nu`u Reserve will provide habitat critical for recovery of three listed, endangered waterbirds, as well as potential re-introduction sites for Hawaiian moorhen (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis), Hawaiian goose, or nene (Branta sandvicensis), and Laysan teal (Anas laysanensis). Its habitat type, location, and elevation provides outplanting potential for at least five endangered plant species, Vigna o-wahuensis, Bonamia menziesii, Sebania tomentosa, Cenchrus agrimonioides, and Mariscus pennatiformis. Protection and enhancement of the wetlands will also benefit the adjacent marine intertidal and nearshore environment, a rich fishing area and a haulout site for the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi)." --from grant application to the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, June, 2006 "The Nu’u wetlands are an oasis in Maui’s dry, dusty southeastern plains and a haven for a number of endangered Hawaiian waterbirds. Recent counts have observed over 40 Hawaiian coots, 16 Hawaiian stilts and several Hawaiian ducks. Nu’u also provides critical habitat for other aquatic and terrestrial species. Perhaps due to its remoteness, the quality of the wetland habitat remains high, with native sedges (Kaluha and Makaloa) dominating the majority of the pond. Nu’u is also a Wahi Pana, a land of legends and stories. Numerous archaeological sites dot the landscape, including pictographs and petroglyphs, heiau (temples), a canoe landing and house sites." --from Hawaii Wetland Joint Venture's November 2007 newsletter, Hawaii Wetland Monitor This project was accomplished by Maui Coastal Land Trust, which is now part of a larger organization, the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. Hawaiian Islands Land Trust was formed from Kauai Public Land Trust, Oahu Land Trust, Maui Coastal Land Trust, and Hawaii Island Land Trust. The location shown on the map is approximate. Please see Hawaiian Islands Land Trust if more specific spatial information is needed.
Primary contact: Fern Duvall Organization: Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources
The Waihe`e Refuge hosts the largest undeveloped coastal dune system on the island of Maui, the most significant remaining wetland complex on the North Shore of Maui and over 8000 feet of shoreline fronting the Waihe`e Reef, one of the longest and widest reefs on Maui (Clark, 1989). The sand dunes provide habitat for several species of endangered plants and act as a buffer to reduce human disturbance from the adjacent Waihe`e village. Ground-nesting seabirds such as wedge-tailed shearwater and bulwer’s petrel are known to nest in the dune area. The wetland at Waihe`e is fed by freshwater springs, which filter through the sand dunes from an expansive watershed in the West Maui Mountains. The wetland complex at Waihe`e includes 25 acres of freshwater wetland habitats and 8 acres of riparian habitats along four streams. The Waihe’e Refuge was once populated with two thriving ancient Hawaiian villages and was used for both fish and taro cultivation. With a 7-acre ancient fishpond and several heiau, the Waihe’e Refuge is among the most significant cultural sites in the state. As late as the 1950’s thousands of waterfowl, including the endangered Hawaiian coot and stilt, were known to nest here. Over the last century, however, most of the dunes and wetland systems near Waihe’e were leveled and filled to develop Wailuku and Kahului industrial areas, Port of Kahului uplands, Kahului airport, and residential housing. In the late 1980s, a proposed golf course development that would have filled the wetlands and destroyed significant parts of the native dune system was halted, but by 2002 a modified development plan was still in the permitting process, and the property was about to be placed back on the commercial market. Meanwhile, recent surveys had documented 13 species of migratory birds, including stilts and coots, utilizing the area. Endangered native plants had been documented in the dune system, though lack of stewardship had degraded the condition of the native coastal strand vegetation. Motorbikes, cattle, and invasive plants threatened what was left of the native plants. Nevertheless, the recovery potential of coastal strand plants was considered high because of the natural adaptations of coastal plants to a range of harsh conditions. In 2004, the Maui Coastal Land Trust (now part of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust) purchased the property. The Preserve is now conserved in perpetuity through a partnership between the land trust and the State of Hawai`i Department of Lands and Natural Resources (DLNR) By 2006, funding has been secured from the Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetlands Reserve Program to implement large-scale restoration activities on 217 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats. Active restoration programs have enhanced critical native wildlife habitat, while preserving the area’s rich archaeological and cultural resources. As of 2012, the old fishing village, heiau, and extensive burial sites have only been partly delineated, but appear to be one of the most productive sites remaining on Maui. Future plans include restoring one of the existing buildings on the Preserve (believed to be a C.W. Dickey design) to create a cultural educational center that will provide space for work, displays and meetings, as well as a kitchen and restrooms for visiting groups. A working group is being convened to create a sustainable management plan by which the Preserve can be an effective site for teaching while protecting its cultural and ecological assets. The vision includes the restoration of the inland fishpond, taro lo'i and adjacent plots as demonstration cultural agriculture areas where students can actively participate in cultivation, harvest and working of the resulting native fauna and flora. The working group includes representatives of Kamehameha Schools, Maui Waena School, Baldwin High, Maui Community College, UH Education Extension, the Hawaii Nature Center, the National Humpback Whale Sanctuary and the Hawaii Wildlife Foundation. The location shown on the map is approximate. Please see the Department of land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlfie, if more specific spatial information is needed. Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust