Highlighted Restoration Projects
In cooperation with private landowners, local governments, and partner organizations, Pierce Conservation District works to enhance and restore local habitats through a variety of restoration methods.
Many natural habitats in Pierce County have been degraded through the loss of native vegetation that provide critical ecosystem functions. Diverse forests, wetlands, prairies, and other ecosystems have been altered or destroyed, often leading to colonization by invasive species that provide little habitat value. Invasive species prevent native plants from establishing and may contribute to erosion and soil nutrient loss.
Our restoration projects aim to restore ecological integrity to the important habitats of Pierce County, through the removal of invasive species and the establishment of native vegetation. Restoration of natural habitats benefits a wide variety of wildlife species and ecological processes in addition to providing an array of cultural, social, and economic benefits.
South Prairie Creek is a tributary to the Carbon River with headwaters originating in the Snoqualmie National Forest. It is one of the most productive salmon bearing streams in the Puyallup River Watershed, with Fall Chinook, Chum, Coho, Pink, Cutthroat, Steelhead, and Bull Trout utilizing this system for spawning, rearing, foraging, migrating, and over-wintering. Given its importance to salmonids and other species, work to improve and restore habitat along South Prairie Creek is of huge importance. PCD, along with a large coalition of local partners, recently completed a large restoration project at South Prairie Creek Preserve.
In partnership with the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks), Pierce Conservation District (PCD) proposes to complete a restoration project at the Tacoma DeMolay Sandspit Nature Preserve. This project will address up to 600 feet of failing bulkhead on the beach using methods that will benefit public shoreline access, as well as the health of Puget Sound. Removal of this failing shoreline armor will reconnect marine riparian vegetation and restore sediment processes that support the sandspit. This restoration will enhance habitat for critical species including forage fish, Puget Sound Chinook, and eelgrass beds.