Apr 13


Posted on April 13, 2020 at 9:10 AM by Allan Warren

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In Fall 2019 Pierce Conservation District launched the Shore Friendly Pierceprogram to address the restoration and protection of our local shorelines. With funding through the WA Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, our Shore Friendly program joins forces with Thurston and Mason CDs for an approach that coordinates messaging, outreach, and development of shoreline recovery projects. Our three South Sound
ABOVE: Failing seawalls, such as this one at Demolay Sandspit Nature Preserve on Fox Island, present tremendous opportunity to raise the grade of shoreline habitat throughout Puget Sound. Through support from the Pierce County Flood Control District, National Estuary Program, and Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, we are working to remove this ~700 foot seawall and working with willing shoreline landowners throughout the county to do the same. 
CDs join a regional effort to implement Shore Friendly programs across the entire sound, from the San Juan Islands to Olympia.

The Shore Friendly Pierce program kicked off outreach efforts at PCD’s 2019 Orca RecoveryDay event on Fox Island, to emphasize the connection between healthy nearshore habitats and orca recovery. After hands-on restoration work on with a hillside planting and scattering native gumweed seeds on the beach, participants took a shoreline tour to see the contrasts between a failing concrete bulkhead and healthy “natural bulkheads” formed by shoreline trees and shrubs that stabilize sediment while maintaining the connection between terrestrial and marine environments.

Our continuing outreach to shoreline landowners in the county has focused in the Key Peninsula and Gig Harbor areas where the majority of the Pierce County’s residential shoreline parcels are located. Our new Shorelines Program Manager is providing marine shorelineShoreline Numbers landowners with technical assistance on a spectrum of natural resource concerns, from using native plants for erosion control, to healthy tree pruning to provide view corridors. Ultimately, the goal of the Shore Friendly program is to utilize soft shore techniques in lieu of hard armored bulkheads in an effort to return natural process to the nearshore environment, aid in salmon and orca recovery efforts, and improve landowners’ enjoyment of their shorelines. 

Habitat Restoration and Knotweed Treatment
In 2019, PCD’s Habitat Improvement team worked with landowners, partners, and citizen volunteers to improve just under 4.5 acres of habitat from the shores of American Lake and Hales Pass to the communities of Orting and South Prairie in east Pierce County. Almost 5,100 native trees and shrubs were installed at 8 different locations. Thanks to our Washington Conservation Corps crews and the many volunteers who made all this planting possible!
 Knotweed by the numbers

KW 3LEFT: Members of the knotweed treatment crew – Tricia (left), Kaytlyn (right) working on Mineral Creek in the Nisqually Watershed. 

BELOW: Dead canes show previous knotweed treatment on town property in Steilacoom. Small sprouts in the foreground underscore the importance of annual treatment.
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Feb 24

Spring Workshops!

Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:14 PM by Allan Warren


Are you concerned about erosion on your shorefront property? Shore Friendly is here to help. Join us to learn what technical and financial assistance may be available for managing your shorefront property. Workshop topics will include erosion assessment/control, drainage management, planting and views, and shoreline living.

Date: March 7, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Key Peninsula Civic Center 17010 S Vaughn Rd NW, Vaughn, WA 98349
Register online: Class is Full but we can add you to a waitlist for our our next workshop here or contact Mary at MaryK@PierceCD.org.


Join us and our partners at PCC Farmland Trust on Saturday, May 2 for a restoration work party on Dropstone Farms. Farmers Lauren and Garth have fenced off a stream corridor along Card Creek from their farm fields, and the area was replanted with over 1500 trees and shrubs with volunteer support in 2018 and 2019. A tributary to the Carbon River, this section of streambank was lacking in native vegetation to keep water temperatures cool and minimize invasive reed canary grass. With your help, we’ll work to keep the weeds and blackberry bushes at bay so the native plants can continue to thrive in their new home.

Date: May 2, 2020 Time: 9am - 12pm
Location: Dropstone Farms, Orting (full directions available upon registration with PCC Farmland Trust)
Register online: RSVP Today or contact Jayme at JaymeG@PierceCD.org
Dec 06

Habitat Improvement Updates

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 9:23 AM by Allan Warren

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South Prairie Creek Preserve. Photo Credit: Daniel Changa

Volunteers enjoyed perfectly crisp autumn weather at the South Prairie Creek Preserve planting parties. With construction of the South Prairie Creek Restoration Project on the horizon in 2020, PCD worked over the fall to plant 1.85 acres at the west end of the site. Twenty-eight volunteers, together with

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