Presentation Abstract

For over 140 years, a lumber mill operated at the mouth of Port Gamble Bay producing lumber and other wood products, and leaving behind a legacy of contamination and degraded habitat when it closed its doors in 1995. Fast forward to the present when state and federal agencies, local government, tribes, community groups, and industry teamed up to cleanup, restore and preserve the bay’s high-quality natural resources. Undertaking extensive cleanup and the largest creosote-treated piling removal effort in the Puget Sound, Pope Resources removed contaminated sediment, over 8,500 creosote-treated pilings and numerous overwater structures to improve over 3,000 feet of shoreline and over 100 acres of aquatic habitat. Complimentary to cleanup, Ecology partnered with public and private entities, tribes, and the community to preserve nearly 2,000 acres of forest land and tidelands, remove derelict debris and vessels throughout the bay, and restore native oysters. Today the bay provides a cleaner and healthier place for community members and visitors to work, live and play.

Session Title

Insights from Community-Based Approaches to Salish Sea Restoration Projects

Keywords

Cleanup, Restoration, Port Gamble

Conference Track

SSE6: Communication

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (Seattle, WA : 2018)

Document Type

Event

SSEC Identifier

SSE6-573

Start Date

5-4-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

5-4-2018 2:30 PM

Type of Presentation

Oral

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

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Language

English

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The transformation of Port Gamble Bay: from remediation to restoration

For over 140 years, a lumber mill operated at the mouth of Port Gamble Bay producing lumber and other wood products, and leaving behind a legacy of contamination and degraded habitat when it closed its doors in 1995. Fast forward to the present when state and federal agencies, local government, tribes, community groups, and industry teamed up to cleanup, restore and preserve the bay’s high-quality natural resources. Undertaking extensive cleanup and the largest creosote-treated piling removal effort in the Puget Sound, Pope Resources removed contaminated sediment, over 8,500 creosote-treated pilings and numerous overwater structures to improve over 3,000 feet of shoreline and over 100 acres of aquatic habitat. Complimentary to cleanup, Ecology partnered with public and private entities, tribes, and the community to preserve nearly 2,000 acres of forest land and tidelands, remove derelict debris and vessels throughout the bay, and restore native oysters. Today the bay provides a cleaner and healthier place for community members and visitors to work, live and play.