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Nov022017

Restoration Collaboration in the North Sound

For two years, CNLM has facilitated collaborative native seed production for the San Juan Islands with support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This has greatly increased the availability of native seeds for grassland restoration projections on the islands. As a result of this success so far, the National Park Service (NPS) has provided CNLM with additional funding to assist the cooperative with restoration expertise and to facilitate a collaborative approach to solving some of the shared challenges stemming from restoring oak woodlands and grasslands on the islands. 

A meeting with CNLM and partner organizations.

This past year part of this additional funding supported a new aspect of this collaboration. CNLM produced native plugs and bulbs for the National Park Service to support Island Marble butterfly recovery. This partnership will continue in 2018 with CNLM producing bulbs of six different species for restoration.  

CNLM delivers plant plugs to San Juan Island partners.

Initial implementation will focus on providing specific recommendations for planned restoration at the NPS’s American Camp site. However, a broader effort is underway that will include facilitating increased coordination through a working group, providing site assessments and recommended restoration actions on a suite of priority sites across the islands, and the early stages of an outreach effort. In June, Sierra Smith and Elspeth Kim held meetings individually with staff from NPS, San Juan Preservation Trust, San Juan County Land Bank, Bureau of Land Management, and Washington Dept. of Natural Resources. This allowed us to better understand the priorities and capacities within each organization. In early October, CNLM hosted the first San Juan Islands Grassland Working Group meeting, adding State Parks and USFWS to the group. We also headed out to American Camp on a beautiful fall day to carry out the first site assessment.  

The group carrying out the American Camp site assessment.

We're excited by the amount of enthusiasm for prairie and oak restoration from everyone and by the breadth of opportunities to expand habitat enhancement to benefit these rare ecosystems.

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