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About the Project

After a century of diking off tidal flow, the Brown Farm Dike was removed to inundate 308 ha of the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in October 2009. Along with 57 ha wetlands restored by the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Nisqually Delta represents the largest tidal marsh restoration project in the Pacific Northwest to assist in recovery of Puget Sound salmon and wildlife populations. Over the past decade, the Refuge and close partners, including the Tribe and Ducks Unlimited, have restored more than 35 km of the historic tidal slough systems and re-connected historic floodplains to Puget Sound, increasing potential salt marsh habitat in the southern reach of Puget Sound by 50%. More »

Restoration News

March 28, 2013: Free seminar on Ocean Acidification on March 28, 2013 in Bellingham, 6-8pm. The event will be held at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal and topics to be covered include the science of ocean acidification, regional and local implications to the food web, and recommendations from the recently released Blue Ribbon Panel report on ocean acidification. [Link]

March 26, 2013: Free invasive plant webinar: Why Some Wetland Plants Are Invasive and How They Affect Restoration. March 26th, 2013 at 1-2:30 pm (CST) by Susan Galatowitsch. Plant communities influence nutrient cycling and food webs, provide food and habitat structure to animals, and contribute to a wetland ecosystem’s aesthetic appeal. Consequently, the restoration of a wetland’s plant communities is often considered crucial to project success. Understanding why a particular wetland plant is invasive can help frame practical restoration decisions, such as selecting effective control strategies and evaluating the commitment needed to accomplish control. Dial-in: After you’ve connected your computer, audio connection instructions will be presented. [Link]

March 12, 2013: Recent landscape, boardwalk, and bird photos from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife Conservation Stamp. It was a grassroots effort to save the Nisqually Delta in 1974 that led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to purchase 1290 acres of the Brown Farm, turning it into Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. This Refuge is now home to hundreds of species, including more than 200 bird species, various mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish. [Link]

November 01, 2012: Downscaling climate change models to local site conditions: effects of sea-level rise and extreme events on coastal habitats and their wildlife. National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. Coastal land managers are faced with many challenges and uncertainties in planning adaptive strategies for conserving coastal habitats at the land-sea interface under future climate change scenarios. [Link]

September 28, 2012: 23rd Annual Nisqually Watershed Festival. On Saturday, September 29, 2012 for the 23rd annual festival celebrating the rich cultural and natural heritage of the Nisqually Watershed! Good music, food, guided walks, educational displays, and more await you at this FREE event! The festival is located at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge from 7am to 5pm. Please note that there will be no parking at the Refuge and ALL festival and Refuge parking will be at River Ridge High School, 320 River Ridge Dr. SE, off Martin Way, 2.3 miles from the Refuge parking lot. A free shuttle will run beginning at 7am. [Link]

August 08, 2012: Mark your calendars! Nisqually on PBS, February 4th, 2013. Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina. “Saving the Ocean with Carl Safina” is going to air a two part special focusing on the Nisqually! From their website: “For millennia, the Nisqually Indians relied on chinook salmon caught in the Nisqually River. Now the river’s wild chinook are extinct and the tribe runs a hatchery to keep their fishery going. But an unusual coalition of tribal leaders, private partners and government agencies is working to restore the river from top to bottom, from its source in the glaciers of Mount Rainier to the estuary that empties into Puget Sound. The aim is for the Nisqually to once again be a healthy and bountiful wild salmon river. And there’s a huge added benefit: everything that’s good for the chinook will help the watershed and its inhabitants adapt to climate warming. Rain gardens augment river flow, new logjams deepen and cool its waters, and farms returned to marshland will let the estuary move inland as sea level rises. They’re taking the long view. In this 2-episode special, we meet the tribal leaders who inspired this grand vision of restoration, which has its roots in the native fishing rights campaigns of the 1960s; and our cameras discover the first wild fish, descended miraculously from hatchery stock, now beginning to re-populate the Nisqually’s pristine spawning grounds.” [Link]

July 02, 2012: Tidal Marsh Monitoring website tidalmarshmonitoring.org launches. We are pleased to announce the launch of TidalMarshMonitoring.org, an online tool for tidal marsh restoration monitoring. This new website was created out of the growing need for a more standardized monitoring approach among restoration projects throughout the Western United States. [Link]

June 01, 2012: Update to Vegetation Science page!. New data and graphs from 2011 field season. [Link]

April 17, 2012: Updated Bird Science page!. Update to Bird Science page now displays data up to December 2011. [Link]

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Project Partners
Partners U.S. Geological Survey Nisqually Tribes U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System Ducks Unlimited